Vladimir Petlyakov, aircraft designer

Vladimir Petlyakov, aircraft designer

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Caption: Vladimir Mikhailovich Petlyakov (1891-1942), Soviet aircraft designer. Petlyakov studied under Nikolai Zhukovsky, the founder of modern aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, and then with the famous aircraft designer Andrei Tupolev. By 1936, Petlyakov had his own aircraft design bureau, producing bombers used in World War II. Petlyakov died in an air crash during the war, in January 1942. His awards included the USSR State Prize, and Order of the Red Star, and two Orders of Lenin. Photographed in Russia, in 1935.

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