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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In Februaryhe assumed command of the 2nd Naval Fighter Detachment, until he was seriously injured in an accident where a horse-drawn wagon broke his good leg.

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The crowds are cheering. I grew up in the 30’s, and knew the name, but had know idea of his influence. After completing a postgraduate program on aeronautics in —15, he was reassigned as a pilot in the summer of to an aviation unit in the Baltic Fleet. That same year, he married the attractive socialite Evelyn Oliphant.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Often described as “flamboyant” and a “showman,” Seversky was always good at capturing the public eye, and was considered a newsworthy celebrity.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: When Alexander entered the Imperial Russian Naval Academy at age 14, he already knew how to fly, as his father had been one of the first Russians to own a plane.


Visit the Russia Profile for more information on Russian pioneers. Views Read Edit View history. Seversky married New Orleans socialite Evelyn Olliphant — in Today, air power is a vital component of the U.

Seversky departed via Siberia and while in the U. He entered a military school at age He proved inventive both in the technology of advanced military aircraft and in the strategy of exercising air power. This was a fortuitous assignment, as it gave him the chance to escape the Bolshevik Revolution by remaining in the U.

In this early configuration, the landing gear folds rearward.

He was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in for “his achievements as a pilot, aeronautical engineer, inventor, industrialist, author, strategist, consultant, and scientific advances in aircraft design and aerospace technology. It was the second time the comely woman flyer attempted to shatter her own record of m. The prototype was rebuilt as a single-place airplane with retractable landing gear and a 1,horsepower Wright Cyclone GRG4 nine-cylinder engine.

He also had a hand in inventing in-flight refueling.

At San Mateo, she dropper to 10, feet again to circle a pylon, and climbed back to the higher level for the return race. In alxeander case I never could ponder over the risks too much because I had to take a fast plane whenever it became available to me and make the best of it.


I have won the Bendix. That, he observed, carries sdversky military significance. In Februaryhe assumed command of the 2nd Naval Fighter Detachment until an accident with a horse drawn wagon broke his good leg. Seversky asserted that airpower was the key to victory and that traditional forms of land and sea warfare had been eclipsed by the airplane.

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The Miami Daily News reported: Biography Courtesy of AeroFiles. I would test it en route. To Europe from America, for example. The P could make mph at 10, feet and it cold reach 15, feet in just under 7 minutes.

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Start reading Alexander P. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Pages with related products. FAI 15 September The P was the first U.