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Polikarpov U-2 "Kukuruznik" (3) | by Dornbi
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Polikarpov U-2 "Kukuruznik" (3)

Polikarpov was one of the famous aircraft designers of the era - amongst others he contributed the I-16 that I have covered earlier. Despite this, his life was not exactly a dream come true: he was sentenced to death for failing to design a plane for unrealistic requirements, which was changed to forced labor. Later, he established his own design bureau - which was transitioned to Mikoyan and Gurevich in his absence. He died in 1944 at the age of 52.

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Uploaded on October 6, 2018