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King of Fighters: Nikolay Polikarpov and His Aircraft Designs Vol.1 The Biplane Era

King of Fighters: Nikolay Polikarpov a
LANGUAGE English
AUTHOR M Maslov
BINDING Paperback
NO OF PAGES 278
ILLUSTRATIONS Photos & Illustrations
PRODUCT CODE 28859AVI
AVAILABILITY In Stock
£29.95

In the century-long history of the conquest of the sky there have been a number of outstanding personalities. Among them is the name of designer Nikolay Polikarpov, which is inseparably associated with the best achievements of the Russian and Soviet aviation. His practical activity in the aircraft industry began upon graduation from the Petersburg Polytechnic Institute in 1916. Aged 25, Polikarpov was sent to the Russo-Baltic Wagon Factory, where the four-engined Ilya Muromets bombers designed by Igor Sikorsky were being built at that time. Later, he worked in Moscow at the Dux aircraft factory. For several years, he was engaged in improving products manufactured by the factory, and upgrading production aircraft to accommodate the available engines, equipment and materials. From 1922, Polikarpov focused his attention on fighter aircraft, creation of which was a priority for him during the following years. The first of them was the IL-400 monoplane, designated I-1 by the Air Force. The monoplane was followed by biplanes including the 2I-N1, the I-3, the D-2 and the I-6. It was specialization in fighter aircraft which, from then on, became his mission in life. At the peak of his career as a designer, Polikarpov was informally styled the King of Fighters, which was quite in line with the level of his merits and achievements.

LANGUAGE English
AUTHOR M Maslov
BINDING Paperback
NO OF PAGES 278
ILLUSTRATIONS Photos & Illustrations
ISBN 9781911628859
PRODUCT CODE 28859AVI
AVAILABILITY In Stock
PRICE
£29.95