It’s not my normal custom to repost books like this but in this case I couldn’t resist, and there’s a backstory as well.

Like most Soviet books this one overemphasises the role of Soviet/Russian people in the role they played. But the Russians certainly have made some significant accomplishments in the field of aeronautics and space technology and these should be acknowledged.

In the early 1990’s our family business opened up an interesting business and technological cooperation with Russian institutes. One of the people we met was Dmitri A. Trifonov-Yakovlev, who was a co-inventor of Vulcan’s Sea Water Hammer design proposal. I was informed that Mr. Trifonov-Yakovlev was the son of Alexandr Sergeivich Yakovlev, founder and designer for the Yak aircraft design bureau. But he was very reticent in acknowledging that paternity.

Visitors to this site may recall that, at the introduction, I quote Alexander Pushkin’s line, “To feel proud of our ancestors’ glory is not only what we can but must be…” But Dmitri Alexandrovitch wouldn’t even acknowledge who his ancestor was!

In this post, we will see the book How Man Learned To Fly by Alexander Belyayev. About the book All of us want to fly like birds. Now flying seems to be an everyday thing for us. But attempts to break our grounded nature have been made in the past and dreams about such attempts […]

How Man Learned To Fly – Belyayev — Mir Books