This lovely book, which contains many photographs, is the autobiography of a famous Soviet aircraft designer : Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev.
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||Translated from the Russian by Albert Zdornykh
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MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH AN AIRPLANE
I saw an airplane for the first time in my life when I was six. I remember it was a holiday and my parents had gone to visit some acquaintances of ours. I was left at home with my grandmother. She always used to cuddle me, but this time she decided to give an unusual treat :
’ We're going to Khodynka to see balloons in the air. ’
Granny had in mind the kind of observation balloons called aerostats.
It was a long way from the Pokrovsky Bridge to the Petrovsky Park. At last we got by tram to Khodynka. A large, open field, it was already full of people.
I looked at the sky but saw no sign of balloons. I was getting rather bored with the whole thing when I suddenly heard a kind of rattling noise. I pushed to the front and saw a small curious machine that looked more like a bookshelf than a balloon. It was some French airplane, perhaps a Farman or a Blériot. With its wings outspread the airplane rolled clumsily across the field rattling away and scaring the wits out of the inquisitive spectators.
’ It's going to fly now ! ’ I heard people exclaim around me. But the airplane turned round, trundled to the other end of the field and came to a stop. Some time passed before it rattled across the field again and then back once more. This was repeated several times. The airplane for some reason could not take off.
That evening we got home late ; I felt tired and disappointed. This was my first acquaintance with aviation.
Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev ( April 1st, 1906 - August 22nd, 1989 ) was born in Moscow ( former Russian Empire, present Russia ), where his father was an employee of the Nobel Brothers Oil Company.
From 1919 - 1921 he worked as a part - time courier while still in school, and in 1922 he built his first model airplane as part of a school project. In 1924, he built a glider, the AVF - 10, which made its first flight on September 24th, 1924. The design won an award, and secured him a position as a worker at the Zhukovsky Air Force Military Engineering Academy. However, his repeated attempts to gain admission to the Academy were denied due to his ’ lack of proletariat origins ’.
In 1927, Alexander Yakovlev designed the AIR - 1 ultralight aircraft. This was the first of a series of ten aircraft he designed between 1927 - 1933. In 1927, he finally gained admittance to the Academy, and graduated in 1931.
He was then assigned to the Moscow Aviation Plant No. 39, where his first design bureau of lightweight aviation was established in 1932. He became the main designer in 1935, then the Chief Designer ( 1956 - 1984 ) of aircraft for the Yakovlev Design Bureau. The Yakovlev Design Bureau developed large numbers of fighter aircraft used by the Soviet Air Force during the Second World War. Particularly well known are the Yak - 1, Yak - 3 and Yak - 9 as well as the Yak - 6 ( transport ). Before the start of the Second World War, he made a number of trips abroad, including Italy, Great Britain and Germany, to study aircraft development in those countries.
After the start of the war, he helped supervise the evacuation of aircraft factories to the east, and the organization of production, while continuing as head designer of his Bureau. He was also a correspondent - member of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Science in 1943.
In 1945, Alexander Yakovlev designed one of the first Soviet aircraft with a jet engine : the Yak - 15. He also designed the first Soviet all - weather interceptor, the Yak - 25P and the first Soviet supersonic bomber : the Yak - 28. In the post - war period, Alexander Yakovlev was best known for the civilian airliner, the Yak - 42, a three - engine medium-range aircraft, and numerous models for aerobatics.
He served under Joseph Stalin ( 1878 - 1953 ) as a Vice - Minister of Aviation Industry between 1940 and 1946. In 1946, he was awarded the title ’ General - Colonel of Aviation ’. In 1976, Alexander Yakovlev became academician of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Science. He was a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. ( 1946 - 1989 ). He retired on August 21st, 1984.
Alexander Yakovlev died in Moscow ( former Soviet Union, present Russia ), at the age of 83.
( source : Wikipedia )