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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Tatlin’s Tower, Tatlin’s Flyer
    of a cube for legislative assemblies a pyramid executive bodies and a cylinder information and propaganda services Standing more than 1 300 feet tall the edifice would have dwarfed the great monument to the French Revolution completed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel Moreover unlike Eiffel s static tower in Paris Tatlin s Monument would not stand still Its three central units would mark the passage of time by revolving at different speeds the cube rotating yearly the pyramid monthly and the cylinder daily Meanwhile the very top of the Tower would be equipped with a lighting apparatus capable of projecting messages and revolutionary slogans onto a giant screen or the clouds passing overhead In short Tatlin s Tower was every bit as grandiose ambitious and impossible to build as the proletarian paradise that it was intended to honor Aside from having produced one of the twentieth century s most enduring avant garde architectural images with his Tower Vladimir Tatlin is significant for having designed a second no less impractical and marvelous device a human powered flying machine that he christened the Letatlin A play on the artist s surname and the Russian verb to fly letat the Letatlin was assembled during a period 1930 1932 when Tatlin s Constructivist approach to art and architecture had fallen into disfavor with Communist Party officials By the time that the full scale model for the Letatlin was complete in 1932 the Stalinist assault on Soviet culture and the arts was beginning in earnest That same year Josef Stalin promulgated a decree On the Reconstruction of Literary and Artistic Organizations which banned all independent studios workshops and groups In their place the Party established official artistic and creative unions bureaucratic mechanisms that would enable the Party to control artistic content and production throughout the

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Aeroflot Splits the Difference
    long delayed and much anticipated decision regarding the purchase of 44 new planes The verdict The state run company will split the difference between the two foreign contestants by ordering 22 each from Boeing and Airbus The decision comes as no real surprise indicating the Russian state s interest in maintaining good relations with both the American company and the European consortium ScP No comments yet RSS feed for comments

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » EADS Says No to Greater Russian Role in Company
    agreement noting that The existing corporate governance rules and structure have proved their efficiency for all shareholders It would not be in the interest of the company to change corporate governance or enlarge the group of industrial shareholders The recent and unwelcome maneuvering by the Russians has been made possible by two factors burgeoning oil and natural gas revenues which have added billions to the Russian state s coffers and a concomitant precipitous collapse of EADS s market value Since issuing a profits warning in late July thanks largely to continuing problems with the delivery of Airbus s new A380 passenger craft EADS has seen its stock decline by 25 Complicating matters is the fact that Airbus along with its American competitor Boeing awaits a decision by Putin s government on the purchase of 44 aircraft for the Russian state airline Aeroflot A final decision on the purchase valued at around 6 billion has been repeatedly and no doubt intentionally delayed Clearly Russian demands for a greater stake in EADS are part of the Kremlin s ongoing maneuvers to squeeze the best possible deals from the two foreign rivals in advance of the decision on the Aeroflot purchase Having rebuffed

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Raise the Macon!
    loss of the dirigible effectively marked the end of the American military s ill fated and accident prone experiment with lighter than air technology Just two years earlier Macon s sister ship the USS Akron had gone down over the Atlantic killing 76 crew members On Monday researchers from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary the National Marine Sanctuary Program the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Stanford University and the University of New Hampshire are planning to revisit the age of the airship They will send a submersible robotic probe to film the wreckage of the USS Macon which now rests nearly 1 000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean For more information about the USS Macon and next week s expedition head over to the web site of the Monteray Bay National Marine Sanctuary The web site will have live streaming video of the underwater expedition beginning around 10 00 AM CST on Monday and continuing throughout the week ScP 4 Responses to Raise the Macon 1 David Rohall Said September 13 2006 3 39 pm Thanks for the information Very useful I believe however it was the U S S Shenandoah that was lost over Ohio and that the Akron also crashed over the sea killing almost everyone on board they had no life jackets I will look into the Marine Sanctuary website 2 Scott Palmer Said September 13 2006 5 22 pm Yep you re right In my haste to post the note I cited the location and death toll for the Shenandoah accident by mistake Thanks ScP 3 Airminded Trackbacked With September 14 2006 7 58 pm Airships ahoy Some recent airship sightings An airship is currently gracing Melbourne skies thanks to Holden I ve seen it but

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Avia-Corner
    which Iran s aging and poorly maintained planes inadvertently return to earth Friday s aerial disaster hardly comes as a shock Still the crash of the Tupolev is unwelcome news for Russia s beleaguered aviation program On the same day that the Iran Airtour plane went down Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he is charging Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov with the task of improving Russian civilian and military aviation safety Vladimir Vladimirovich s TM actions come in direct response to a spate of accidents since May that have claimed the lives of 410 people in the airspace over the former Soviet Union FSU Putin s choice of Defense Minister Ivanov is telling It is another signal that the Russian President is intent on drawing the country s aviation programs under still firmer state control ScP Discussion 0 Pulkovo Crash Russia s Third This Year August 26 2006 10 59 pm Filed in Accidents Avia Corner Contemporary Aviation During the height of the Cold War the USSR s military air arm earned the country international renown and the respect of US military officials The same can hardly be said of the USSR s domestic aviation service The state run airline monopoly Aeroflot was widely derided rather for its awful service poorly maintained planes and dicey safety standards Things got worse for Russian civilian aviation in the years that followed the USSR s 1991 break up While Aeroflot continued as the Russian Federation s flagship international carrier hundreds of new regional operations the so called Babyflots emerged to provide internal domestic service to the country s far flung urban centers If anything their service and safety records made even Aeroflot look good Continue Reading Discussion 1 Russia s First Female Aeronaut August 20 2006 9 27 pm Filed in 19th Century Avia Corner Ballooning In the years that surrounded the turn of the 19th century aeronauts led above all by the French toured the European Continent hosting public displays of their daring for those wishing to observe the new science of ballooning Of all the balloonists practicing the craft perhaps none was more well known than André Jacques Garnerin click here for illustrations During the fall of 1803 and again in the spring of 1804 Garnerin accompanied by his young wife former student and fellow aeronaut Jeanne Genevieve organized a series of paid demonstrations of aerial prowess for the inhabitants of St Petersburg and Moscow The public spectacles undertaken by the Garnerins in Russia included both unrestricted flights as well as parachute jumps from tethered balloons the latter feats having previously earned Garnerin and his wife renown across the Continent According to contemporary accounts published in the newspaper Московския ведомости Moscow Register the Garnerins aerial displays were an immensely popular attraction They contributed greatly to the aero mania that swept Russian high society in the century s first decade They also resulted in a significant though little known historical first the first balloon flight by a Russian woman Continue Reading Discussion

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Russia’s Airport Challenge
    threat to Russia s security Just over a week ago on September 1st the Transport Ministry appeared to take a step toward addressing Russia s pressing civilian aviation needs when it announced plans to abolish duties currently levied upon equipment imported from abroad The Ministry cited its desire to improve safety as the chief impetus for the abolition of the duties That announcement came on the heels of a decision by Russia s second largest bank VneshTorgBank to invest nearly 1 billion in order to acquire a 5 stake in the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS Ironically much of the improvement that has already taken place in Russian air transport over the past decade can be credited to upgrades in the civilian air fleet as Aeroflot and other carriers have replaced their obsolete Soviet era Tupolev and Antonov aircraft with new or newer Boeing and Airbus models The trouble is while reducing duties on future imports and creating partnerships with foreign firms may hasten the modernization of Russia s air fleets new planes alone will not resolve the systemic problems facing Russian aviation Russian air transport faces a number of daunting hurdles One of the largest and most difficult to overcome is the overcrowded and poor conditions at airports across the county Moscow s principal international hub state owned Sheremetyevo airport is but the most striking case in point Despite being relatively new its main Terminal 2 was built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics Sheremetyevo is notoriously shabby Its dark dank and disorganized interior and insanely long customs and check in procedures recall the miseries inflicted upon travelers to the USSR in the 1970s and 80s Fed up with the airport British Air moved its Moscow hub to the smaller privately held Domodedovo airport in the summer of

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Tu-154 crashes in Iran. Meanwhile, in Moscow…
    planes inadvertently return to earth Friday s aerial disaster hardly comes as a shock Still the crash of the Tupolev is unwelcome news for Russia s beleaguered aviation program On the same day that the Iran Airtour plane went down Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he is charging Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov with the task of improving Russian civilian and military aviation safety Vladimir Vladimirovich s TM actions come

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Pulkovo Crash Russia’s Third This Year
    Kong crashed near the town of Mezhduretshensk The post crash investigation revealed that the disaster had occurred as a result of pilot error when the flight captain s fifteen year old son who had been allowed to man the plane s controls inadvertently disconnected the autopilot The crash killed all 75 people aboard the plane Since then Aeroflot and many of Russia s regional carriers like Pulkovo Sibir and TransAero have worked hard to improve service upgrade their air fleets and strengthen safety standards By and large their efforts have paid dividends And yet Tuesday s news that a Tupolev 154 operated by Pulkovo Air crashed near Donetsk Ukraine en route from the Black Sea resort town Anapa to St Petersburg killing all 170 passengers aboard the plane cannot help but raise questions about the current status of civilian aviation in Russia and the regions of the former Soviet Union Initial reports suggest that inclement weather may have played a role in bringing the plane down Still this is the third major aviation disaster to occur in the airspace over the former Soviet Union since the spring of this year Last month a Sibir Air A310 slid off a wet runway while landing in Irkutsk The plane struck a concrete barrier before bursting into flames 122 people were killed in the crash Only two months earlier on May 3rd an A320 operated by the Armenian airline Armavia went down in the Black Sea during its final approach to the Russian resort city Sochi Pilot error appears to have been the cause of that crash which claimed the lives of all 113 people on board 2006 has not been a good year for Russian aviation And there are still four months left ScP One Response to Pulkovo Crash Russia s Third

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