A Rich and Lasting Legacy

CLASSIC AVIATOR | ALEXANDER DE SEVERSKY

The dynamic career of Alexander de Seversky – Russian ace, aeronautical engineer, airpower proponent and Disney film star – is profiled by Kathleen Hanser

Russian-American aviation pioneer Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky spent his entire life immersed in aviation in one form or another. As a boy in turn-of-thetwentiethcentury Russia, he built and flew model aeroplanes. His father, a wealthy poet, actor and avid pilot was one of the first people in the country to own an aircraft (a modified Blériot XI) and he taught his son to fly at an early age. The young Alexander and his father often flew with future helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky, who was a friend of the elder Seversky. Consequently, when Alexander became a student at the Russian Imperial Naval Academy at the age of 14, he had the distinct advantage of already knowing how to fly.

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