Home > People > Alexander De Seversky. ALEXANDER DE SEVERSKY. “The Roman Empire at the apex of its glory flourished in the era of land power. Pilot, inventor, designer, businessman, and visionary author, Alexander de Seversky led one of the most varied lives of his times. Born a Russian nobleman, . On the same day, Александр Николаевич Прокофьев-Северский (Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky), the airplane’s designer, flew a second.

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While stationed alexandrr the Gulf of Alexandedon his first mission, he attacked a German destroyer but was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire before he could drop his bombs.

The tail-wheel was retractable, and the single-seat cockpit was fully enclosed by a sliding canopy. Seversky indicates in effect that these were conventional fire bombing raids and not nukes. He also had a hand in inventing in-flight refueling. Seversky left for Europe on a sales tour in the winter ofakexander at home, the company slipped even farther out of his control.

After a 40 minute refueling stop, and being congratulated for her Bendix win, she flew on to Bendix, New Jersey, setting a West-to-East Transcontinental Speed Record with a total elapsed time of 10 hours, 7 minutes, 1 second. Its absolute ceiling was 30, feet. P ilot, inventor, designer, businessman, and visionary severskky, Alexander de Seversky led one of the most varied lives of his times. You can read the damage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki starting on page in Amazon preview.

In Februaryhe assumed command of the 2nd Naval Fighter Detachment until an accident with a horse drawn wagon broke his good leg.

The R had a compression ratio of 6. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Sinclair went on to place fourth in the Thompson pylon race. Seversky was a founder and trustee of the New York Institute of Technologywhich in acquired an elegant mansion originally built by Alfred I.

That, he observed, carries huge military significance. The cantilever, low-mounted wing was entirely of metal, except for the fabric-covered control surfaces. Some thought so at the time. Republic Aviation would become an industrial behemoth during World War II designing and producing the Republic P Thunderbolt and in postwar years, a continuing line of successful fighter aircraft before being acquired by Fairchild in Over the next few years, Seversky filed patent claims, among them the first gyroscopically stabilized bombsight, which he developed with Sperry Gyroscope Company in Little, Brown and Company, Boston,at Pages 65— When I got the plane back to the factory after the race a large wad of wrapping paper was discovered near the outlet of the right-wing tank.

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Between bites of chicken sandwich, De Seversky pointed out that his aoexander plane can soar miles without refilling its wing-to-wing tanks that carry gallons of high octane fuel. In de Seversky came to the USA, offering his services to the War Dept, making outstanding contributions to their production of the British-designed SE-5 fighter and serving as a test pilot. English Choose a language for shopping. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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Its beautiful elliptical wing design was a staple of Seversky and later Republic airplanes, and could be seen in the P To bring the magnitude of this problem to public attention, de Seversky wrote his best-seller book, “Victory Through Airpower.

His Seversky Electroatom Corp of directed its efforts to defending the USA against nuclear attack, and to extraction of radioactive particles from the air. Note how the landing gear retracts straight to the rear in this early version. Jaqueline Cochran, year-old New York woman flier, set a speed record of four hours and 12 minutes in a flight from New York City which ended at 3: When Seversky left for Europe on a sales tour in the winter of —39, the Board reorganized the operation on October 13,renamed as Republic Aviation Corporation with Kellett becoming the new president.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I can almost see them still. On October 14,he was forced down in enemy territory but made it back to the safety of his own lines. He also served as a special consultant to the chiefs of staff of the U.


James Libbey, in Alexander P. Requesting a transfer to aviation, he was reassigned to the Baltic Fleet as ed pilot in Shortly after the December 7, attack on Pearl Harborhe wrote Victory Through Air Powerpublished in Zlexanderadvocating the strategic use of air bombardment.

Soon, he was working at the War Department as an aeronautical engineer and test pilot, acting for a time as a special consultant to the famed general, Billy Mitchellwith whom he agreed that supremacy in wartime could be achieved with aerial bombing, not battleships. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

The R was alexandwr feet, 8. Alexander de Seversky flew the 1, miles in five hours and two minutes—two hours and one minute faster than Lieut. No wonder the drainage had been bad. It was shortly after lunch that Miss Sevdrsky, clad in green slacks and coat, climbed into her horsepower ship and thundered down the runway to climb in circles to 10, feet.

It porpoised terribly for over an hour. Modern office buildings in a cluster in downtown Hiroshima were not knocked down. The plane was delivered from the factory to me just two days before the race and under the rules it had to be immediately impounded.

Seversky was one of a number of strategic air advocates whose vision was realized in the creation of the Strategic Air Command and the development of aircraft alexandeer as the Convair B and Boeing B Stratojet.

His financing of a rescue came with the proviso that Alexanver, as President, would have his personal budget cut, while the board of directors transferred more power to managing director Wallace Kellett.

Seversky was selected for duty as a naval aviator, transferring to the Military School of Aeronautics at Sebastopol, Crimea.