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    stares all around Never heard of him I asked incredulously His trans Atlantic crossing was one of the greatest accomplishments in aviation history He s America s most famous pilot Oh Nina concluded So he s your i e America s Valerii Chkalov Continue Reading Discussion 2 The Avia Corner A Weblog about Russia History Technology Culture and of course Aviation June 28 2006 10 49 pm Filed in Avia Corner Welcome to the Avia Corner the weblog for Dictatorship of the Air If you ve found your way to this part of the web you probably know by now that Dictatorship of the Air or DotA is a forthcoming book about Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia You probably also know that the book is being published by Cambridge University Press an esteemed academic press known to many as the world s oldest printing and publishing house What you may not know is that despite its academic credentials DotA it is not intended to be a book just for academics Nor for that matter is DotA intended to be just a book Instead it is meant to be the beginning of a conversation about the relationship between culture and technology and how this relationship has contributed to the development of the modern world The Avia Corner weblog is intended to further the discussion begun by DotA Although my own posts will tend to focus on the culture of Russia and the technology of aviation I invite readers both non specialists and specialists alike to share their thoughts about issues relating the blog s general themes Each week new article length commentaries will be posted in the wee hours of Friday night Saturday morning with shorter responses to discussion threads and readers remarks appearing as need be Generally

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » What is ‘Russian’ about Russian Aviation?
    the days that followed I thought quite a bit about what I considered to be this rather strange exchange between me and my Russian friends Although Nina was soon able to devise an answer to her own question Who is Charles Lindbergh I remained perplexed that the question had even been raised How could it possibly be that none of the Dmitrievs all educated well read westernized Muscovites had never before heard the name of arguably history s most famous aviator No less odd I thought was Nina s ultimate equation of Charles Lindbergh as an American version of Valerii Chkalov a famous Soviet pilot of the 1930s Afterall Lindy s flight had preceded Chkalov s accomplishments by nearly a decade and besides outside of aviation buffs and Russian specialists Chkalov s name was virtually unknown in the U S Surely in the hierarchy of world aviation heroes it was far more accurate to speak of Chkalov as a Russian version of Lindbergh rather than the other way around Wasn t it Initially I credited my friends unfamiliarity with Lindbergh and his feat as a product of their Soviet upbringing Throughout the Soviet period of Russia s history Communist Party leaders had gone to great lengths to publicize the technological and other accomplishments of their citizens while downplaying the achievements of the United States and the West Thus it made sense for contemporary Russians to associate great moments in aviation history with their own native pilots Still politics and propaganda alone could not answer the basic questions that I began to ask myself soon after the conversation about Lindbergh If Soviet citizens then and Russian citizens today identified great moments in the development of aviation with their own set of heroes and deeds might it not also be the case that they attributed to these heroes and deeds a set of values and traits different from ours Surely the individualism and capitalist spirit that Americans admired in folks like Lindbergh and the Wright brothers could hardly have resonated in collectively inclined socialist Russia And if this was indeed the case what then were the values characteristics and ideals that Russians admired in their flight heroes And to what extent did these values and ideals shape the development of Russian aviation institutions individuals and events in ways different than in the United States and Europe In other words What is Russian about Russian aviation This basic but essential question would frame all of my subsequent research on the history of flight So how does one set about trying to identify define and describe the cultural values characteristics and meanings that shape Russians response to aviation I ll address that topic in my next post on the historical documents books and archival sources used in DotA 2 Responses to What is Russian about Russian Aviation 1 Brett Said July 10 2006 6 38 am Very interesting It makes me think of Alan Cobham probably the closest British equivalent to Lindbergh or Chkalov

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » The Avia-Corner. A Weblog about Russia, History, Technology, Culture (and, of course, Aviation)
    is DotA intended to be just a book Instead it is meant to be the beginning of a conversation about the relationship between culture and technology and how this relationship has contributed to the development of the modern world The Avia Corner weblog is intended to further the discussion begun by DotA Although my own posts will tend to focus on the culture of Russia and the technology of aviation I invite readers both non specialists and specialists alike to share their thoughts about issues relating the blog s general themes Each week new article length commentaries will be posted in the wee hours of Friday night Saturday morning with shorter responses to discussion threads and readers remarks appearing as need be Generally speaking the content of the longer commentaries will be devoted to a range of subjects reflecting the subject matter of DotA Russia History Technology Culture and of course Aviation The Avia Corner will also contain an occasional comment or two regarding higher education teaching and the profession of history Of course readers responses and comments are not only welcomed but encouraged In the meantime between now and the July 31st release of DotA the longer commentaries will be aimed at providing readers with background information about the book its source base archives newspapers secondary sources films etc and its general subject matter First up Soviet Aviation Posters One of the unique aspects of DotA is that it includes a rather large collection of never before published historical images relating to Imperial and Soviet aviation Soviet aviation posters figure prominently within this collection Mostly published during the course of the 1920s these posters were essential tools in the Bolshevik Party s efforts to win public support for the construction of a new Red Air Fleet For a few

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