OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY FROM PEOPLE WHO MADE AVIATION HISTORY
The materials presented in Aviation memorabilia section were selected from private archives and personal collections of Soviet, Russian, and Ukrainian air force and airline pilots, engineers and officials from Design Bureaus including Tupolev, Antonov, Ilyushin, Yakovlev, Myasishchev, Beriev, Sukhoi, Mikoyan-Guryevich (MIG), Lavochkin, Mil, Kamov, and TSAGI.
A large number of materials presented in the collection came from the Gromov Flight Research Institute at Zhukovskiy Test Airfield near Moscow and from Monino Air Force Museum.
Also included are presentation items received from families and co-workers of famous Soviet aviation designers, including Oleg Antonov.
People working in the aviation industry provided significant assistance in obtaining supplies of unique models, badges, medals, paper and other materials. These include (among others):
-Sergei A.Gorbachev- Deputy Chief of Sukhoi Design Bureau
-Yevgenniy Golubkov-Chief engineer of Yakovlev Design Bureau
-Vasiliy I.Krapivin-Chief of Ilyushin Design Bureau model department
-Igor Strutskiy- Supervisor of Beriev Design Bureau model department
-Vladimir Chumak-Chief of Antonov Design Bureau model department
-Lev Yasnopolskiy-Director of Press Center of Russian Aviation Industry
A special part of the collection is composed of custom hand made presentation models originally produced by Design Bureau model departments for display at International airshows, museums, and for presentation to veterans bureau employees, business partners and aviation officials.
Additional interesting information on Russian/Soviet aircraft models is contained in the December/January 2003 issue of Air & Space Smithsonian magazine in Gene Eisman's article, "Cold War To Scale.??? The article is on pages 16-17 in the "In The Museum" feature. (Gene's collection of 55 models will be on permanent display starting in December, 2003).
WHY THESE MATERIALS ARE SPECIAL?
Memorabilia selected from special sources and presented in the Aviation Collectibles section are one-of-a kind pieces and most of them were never available to general public.
These distinctive items commemorate the long and glorious history of Russian-Soviet aviation.
Did you know that:
-In 1754 Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov built a flying model of a coaxial helicopter;
-In 1882 Russian designer A.Mozhaiskiy designed the first-in-the-world aircraft, officially licensed by Russian Department of Manufacturing;
-In 1909 Russian designer Igor Sikorsky did his first helicopter experiments (S-2) in Russia, before going to the USA to mass produce helicopters. The famous Sikorsky was born in Kiev in 1989 and his first sea planes, aircraft and tractor biplanes were built in the Ukraine (IS THAT CORRECT?) before he immigrated to the USA;
-In 1913 Russian-Baltic carriage-building plant RBVZ produced the 4-engined bomber "Ilya Muromets", the world's largest aircraft of that time.
-Legendary Russian pilot P.Nesterov went down in world aviation history as the first man to calculate and carry out an acrobatic maneuvres called "Mortal Loop".In 1914 he also became first pilot to ram an enemy aircraft in air combat.
-During WWII (Great Patriotic War 1941-1945) Soviet pilots destroyed 57 000 German aircaft (by comparison, British-American aviators together destroyed 32 000 planes).
-Antonov designed the world's largest transport aircraft AN-22, AN-124, AN-225.
-Tupolev designed the world's first passenger SST TU-144, first jet airliner TU-104 and world's fastest turboprop TU-114- only couple mentioned from fames designed by him.
-Mil and Kamov produce some of the world's best helicopters.
-The world's biggest and oldest sea plane production plant is a Beriev factory in Russia.
-Wing in ground effect "Ekranoplanes" are exclusives to Russia.
It won't be possible to list entire list of "world's best and first" . This history covered by hundreds of books pubished in USSR, Russia and on the West.
And, finaly, those of you who watched performances of Mig and Sukhoi test pilots and flights of famous aerobatic teams from Kubinka have a good idea where the most skilled and professional pilots fly.These amazing performances we can see now at Moscow International Airshow held every second year at Zhukovskiy outside the capital.
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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 13 December, 2002.