Notes of an Aircraft Designer

Notes of an Aircraft Designer – A. Yakovlev

A lovely little book, autobiography of Stalin’s favorite in the air force.  He was a Vice-Minister of Aviation Industry during the Great Patriotic War.  His designs were chosen via the tried and true  Stalinist method of denouncing competitors as saboteurs.  Later founded an aircraft design bureau and became a member of the USSR Academy of Sciences.  And his book just looks great:

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And,

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