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Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov (1892-1944), Soviet aircraft designer. The Polikarpov fighter planes were in production from 1934 up to the opening years of the Second World War. Just before his death, he was appointed professor at the Moscow Aviation Institute. His awards included the State Stalin Prize (1941 and 1943) and Hero of Socialist Labour (1940).
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