Korolyov in Koktebel glider cockpit, 1930

Korolyov in Koktebel glider cockpit, 1930

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Caption: Korolyov in Koktebel glider cockpit. Future Soviet rocket engineer Sergey Korolyov (1907-1966) sitting in the cockpit of a Koktebel glider in 1930 with an engineer (left) and pilot (right) either side of him. Korolyov studied aviation in the 1920s, moving into rocketry in the 1930s. He would later become the chief Soviet rocket designer in the 1950s and 1960s during the space race. Photographed in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, in October 1930.

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