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  • Dictatorship of the Air » The ACLS Humanities E-Book
    history title in its special collection of XML books These electronically tagged texts contain tools functions and capabilities that among other things make make them fully searchable and linked to external internet resources Better yet the ACLS edition contains a host of new stuff including nearly two dozen additional photographs full color posters digitized archival materials and never before translated poems and short stories It also comes with an extra

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Stalinka
    Pittsburgh s Digital Research Library announced the expansion of Stalinka its on line gallery of pictures and artifacts depicting Josef Stalin The searchable collection currently contains over 500 images of the Soviet dictator in photographs posters painting cartoons sculpture and the applied arts Each image is accompanied by a sometimes very brief description It s a resource well worth visiting ScP No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Avia-Corner
    would consider a survey of Western art complete without describing the significance and influence of David s Oath of the Horatii or Picasso s Les Demoiselles d Avignon Likewise scholars of flight recognize certain specific works that have most profoundly influenced their field of study In aviation history these works are of course airplanes From the Wright Flyer and the Blériot XI which respectively gave birth to the airplane age and shaped the subsequent design of aircraft to more contemporary creations such as the Boeing 747 that transformed international civilian aviation and the F 15 which altered the trajectory of military air power there are certain airplanes that can be considered canonical These are the aeronautical equivalents of the art world s Mona Lisa or architecture s Parthenon Of all the airplanes that populate the canon of aviation history it seems to me that one is of particular importance not merely for its impact on transportation society and the military but also for its contribution to the development of modern aesthetics That airplane is the Douglas DC 3 Continue Reading Discussion 2 Q Who invented the airplane September 26 2007 4 05 pm Filed in 19th Century 20th Century Avia Corner General A The Wright brothers of course Although it s the sort of thing that any American grade school student should know the answer to the question Who invented the airplane hasn t always or everywhere been so Had that same question been posed to a Soviet citizen he or she would most likely have responded with a name you ve probably never heard before Alexander Mozhaiskii Continue Reading Discussion 2 Fly the Soviet Skies September 5 2007 5 08 am Filed in 20th Century Aeroflot Avia Corner Tupolev By the early 1960s Soviet citizens could boast that their country not only possessed the world s largest transport plane the Tupolev Tu 114 but that the state airline company Aeroflot also operated the world s longest non stop passenger run with its service between Havana Cuba and Moscow What was it like to fly the Soviet skies at the height of the Cold War In 1963 Time magazine correspondent Edmund Stevens the first Western citizen to make the Havana Moscow run described his experience One struggles up a ramp that is like a staircase leading to the fourth floor of a building the Tu 114 is around 40 ft high when standing on the ground Inside the hatch cabin follows cabin a crew compartment a large compartment empty of everything but a few suitcases food hampers and cases of soft drinks a serving pantry with a galley down a flight of steps on a lower level Then come the first class compartments four of them each completely private In contrast with the rest of the plane where fittings are as spartan as those on a troop carrier the first class section has wood paneling and curtains Read the whole piece here ScP Discussion 0 MAKS 2007 or Russian Aviation

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Wings of the Soviet Republic
    1923 One of the first propaganda posters produced in support of the campaign to build Soviet aviation this placard urges Workers Peasants Red Army Soldiers Everyone assist our Air Fleet No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » [no caption]
    8 18 pm Was the Soviet push for peasants to join aviation sincere or was it a campaign to urbanize the traditional farmer In Marx s writings he stresses the conformity of urban culture and declares that rural life is idiocy I find it hard to believe that the Soviet Union believed a peasant could actually become a pilot considering the peasant was emblematic of Russian backwardness and the government used underlying themes to ridicule rural life during the days of the agit flights One of Russia s failures was the fact that it did not value the individual The poster campaign to turn the peasant into an aviator seems out of place considering the realities of Soviet cultural beliefs 2 Scott Palmer Said April 1 2007 9 04 am Mr Schmidt You ve picked up on one of the internal contradictions that characterized the Soviet approach to building the air fleet and modernizing the county as a whole I believe that the campaign was sincere However like smychka the broader effort to encourage rather than compel peasant participation in the Soviet experiment it was short lived The reason for this was that policies aimed at accommodating the peasantry ran

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Aviokhim destroys locusts. Join Aviokhim.
    1925 In an effort to win peasant support for building the Red Air Fleet Communist Party propaganda during the 1920s focused on the ways in which aviation would be used to benefit the rural economy increase production and raise living standards Typical of the times this poster advertises Aviakhim s ability to improve agriculture by fighting the scourge of locusts No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » We will build the dirigible squadron named for Lenin!
    squadron named for Lenin 1931 In the aftermath of the 1931 tour of the Graf Zeppelin across the USSR the Soviet government launched a campaign to build a native fleet of Red zeppelins intended to rival the Germans efforts Aside from this well known poster which was reproduced in numerous languages spoken throughout the USSR the short lived dirigible construction program produced few results No comments yet RSS feed for

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Youth — to airplanes
    and smiling young men communicated the importance of aviation to the Soviet Union s future and the importance of youth to the future of Soviet aviation The airplane appearing overhead with red stars on its wings is the ANT 20 Maxim Gorky The world s largest airplane at the time of its inaugural flight in June 1934 the Maxim Gorky flew for less than a year before meeting its tragic

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