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  • Dictatorship of the Air » The ANT-20 “Maxim Gorky” in Flight
    to spectators on the ground Less than a year after its triumphal debut the Maxim Gorky was destroyed in a mid air collision with an escort plane during a public flyover at the Moscow aerodrome If you d like to know still more about the Maxim Gorky check out this excerpt from Dictatorship of the Air where you can read about the origins and construction of the aircraft and the problems that plagued the propaganda squadron to which it was attached Happy New Year ScP 5 Responses to The ANT 20 Maxim Gorky in Flight 1 Investigations of a Dog The 46th History Carnival Pinged With January 14 2007 5 19 pm We all know that Japanese Americans were interned because of Pearl Harbor don t we Like a true historian I have to point out that it wasn t as simple as that The Bizarre Jokester at Amazingly Bizarre sheds some light on an obscure but crucial link in the chain of events a Japanese pilot s single handed invasion of the tiny island of Niihau On the other side of the world Russia s German population was suffering at the hands of Stalin Otto Pohl at Otto s Random Thoughts tells us how they were deported to Siberia then deported again to a worse bit of Siberia At Dictatorship of the Air Scott Palmer finds YouTube footage of the gigantic ANT 20 aeroplane quite literally a Stalinist propaganda machine It should be a big leap of the imagination from Stalinist propaganda to the classic Frank Capra Jimmy Stewart film It s A Wonderful Life but apparently not for the FBI According to Wise Bread they investigated the film and its supposedly subversive message looking for evidence of communist infiltration of Hollywood 2 John Ross Said January 21 2007 5 09 pm Thanks for this helpful website I was looking for gigantic aircraft and the Maxim Gorky came to mind It really is in a league with the Spruce Goose and maybe the ANT 225 Mirya Your comment about the internet was right on target the ever growing repository of almost anything you wish to explore and the most amazing is the search engines which make it giant leap for the world Thanks again for your website well done 3 Dictatorship of the Air The Russian Air Force Museum at Monino pt 3 Pinged With July 9 2007 9 40 pm The Soviet Union s premier airplane designer during the 1920s and 1930s Andrei Nikolaevich Tupolev was responsible for many of the USSR s earliest aviation successes In addition to constructing the country s first all metal combat airplane ANT 3 Tupolev lead the design and construction of such milestone aircraft as the ANT 20 Maxim Gorky and ANT 25 the first airplane to make a trans Polar crossing 4 El Guapo Said June 1 2008 4 02 am Ivan Blagin Ace Soviet Union fighter pilot Flew escort for the Gorky and was the first aviator to become a

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Avia-Corner
    meantime the project is providing an ideal laboratory for preparing students to work with technologies that will increasingly define aviation in the twenty first century ScP Discussion 1 Gospels of Flight December 8 2006 2 28 pm Filed in Airmindedness Art Culture Avia Corner Books Religion In a recent entry cross posted at HNN s Revise and Dissent and his own blog Airminded Brett Holman ruminates on the apparent differences that existed in the manner in which American and British audiences responded to the advent of the airplane age Inspired by his reading of Joseph Corn s The Winged Gospel which noted that American aviation culture was characterized by an overriding faith in the benefits that would result from the coming air age Holman contrasts the American gospel of flight with the far less optimistic views that he s seen expressed in the writings of then contemporary British citizens I don t doubt the accuracy of Brett s assessment regarding British public opinion and I think he s on the right track in attempting to assess the nature of the British experience by drawing comparisons and contrasts with other nations responses Even so while the optimism pessimism dichotomy may be a good way of beginning discussion and suggesting further avenues of research beyond that I m not certain that it helps us better understand the origins or characteristics of say American or British aviation culture Continue Reading Discussion 1 Official Verdict on the Irkutsk Crash December 2 2006 11 24 am Filed in Accidents Avia Corner Last week the Interstate Aviation Committee IAC released its final report on the 3 July incident in Irkutsk in which an Airbus A310 operated by S7 formerly Siberian Airlines slid off a wet runway while landing clipped several building and burst into flames killing

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » That Library Thing
    more than sixty world libraries to help you identify the specific edition s that you own Once books have been entered into your LibraryThing collection they can be tagged by subject area sorted and searched The site is also a great place to get or give suggestions on what to read next as it enables you to view the contents of other members collections and exchange ideas through dedicated groups

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Books
    Home Avia Corner Weblog Poster Gallery Reviews Links Contact Currently browsing Books

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » KUAV
    construction of the Meridian an unmanned aerial vehicle UAV that will use ground penetrating radar waves to measure the thickness and conditions of Antarctica s ice sheets Given the harsh climate in which the vehicle will operate the development of the Meridian poses a number of challenges not the least of which are the needs to create anti icing concepts to keep the aircraft aloft and temperature control systems for shielding its electronic systems In the meantime the project is providing an ideal laboratory for preparing students to work with technologies that will increasingly define aviation in the twenty first century ScP One Response to KUAV 1 Bruce Said December 22 2006 4 01 am This sounds like a very intriguing project with loads of potential in understanding one of the most extreme areas of our planet Do you know off hand if the group at KU will be using any NASA related technology in this endeavor i e de icing technology that allows their crafts to travel through space without freezing up In essence it sounds as if this UAV has a lot in common with the U S military s unmanned aircraft spy planes currently being used in

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Gospels of Flight
    goals A more interesting issue is the one that Brett raises in a follow up comment on Revise Dissent Again in reference to Corn s Winged Gospel he writes I d also like to know of any other countries which have gone through this almost religious enthusiasm for technology atomic energy might be another briefer example Tremendous optimism sure think of Victorian Britain all those steamships railways canals telegraph cables heroic engineers but the religious flavouring does seem to be an American thing to my untutored eye anyway I ve argued that Russia was one such country in which religion played a vital role in shaping aviation culture though it did so in a manner unlike that in the United States However my take on The Winged Gospel is different from Brett s As I understood the book Corn did not argue as Brett seems to imply that America s optimistic response to the airplane resulted from a religious enthusiasm for technology but rather that America s enthusiastic response to aviation technology was largely a product of its underlying religious optimism This is an important distinction as it does more than simply describe the fact of America s enthusiasm for aviation It offers an explanation for that enthusiasm by identifying as its source a particular vision of the future rooted in the unique religious traditions and customs of the American past Given the near universal symbolic presence of flight with religious and spiritual traditions the world over the intersection of faith and flight strikes me as a topic deserving much more attention ScP One Response to Gospels of Flight 1 Brett Said December 9 2006 5 37 am I don t disagree with you about Corn s explanation for the winged gospel though he does also note the existence of

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Official Verdict on the Irkutsk Crash
    published on 23 November the paper reported that IAC experts knew from the beginning of their investigation that Flight 778 made its last flight with a reversing system failure of the left engine Valves located in the rear part of the turbine that control the direction of the flow of gases stopped closing and thus only forward thrust could be created That malfunction caused an inconvenience for pilots of the A310 but was not grounds for stopping a flight The main braking on an airplane is performed by the flaps and wheel brakes and reverse throttle is only used supplementally as backup In the complex situation just one reversing system the right one which was functional would have helped the A310 pilots brake The landing at Irkutsk really was complex for Pilot 1st Class Sergei Shibanov and his crew After the long flight from Moscow they landed on a short and inconvenient runway at the Irkutsk airport Shibanov was counting on only the usual application of flaps and wheel brakes since a dispatcher in Irkutsk according to S7 told him that the runway was dry and wheel cohesion should be good As soon as he saw that there was rain at the airport and then felt that the wheel brakes were not holding the craft and it was skidding on the runway the pilot turned on the reversing system as an unplanned emergency measure because immediate additional braking was needed When he pressed the switch for the reversing system located between the pilots seats with one finger of his right hand Shibanov most likely bumped the handle that controlled the left deactivated engine located only centimeters away with his other fingers As a result he simultaneously turned on the right reversing system and left takeoff system and the plane picked

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Ivan’s War
    Catherine Merridale Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary University of London I ve just finished reading Merridale s most recent book Ivan s War Life and Death in the Red Army 1939 1945 which recounts the experiences and emotions of front line soldiers during the Great Patriotic War As with her earlier 2000 study Night of Stone Death and Memory in Russia Ivan s War benefits from Merridale s

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