"AK-1 Airplane" Pillow


A wooden passenger plane. AK-1 was made in a single copy

The AK-1 is the first Soviet passenger plane, designed under the supervision of Aleksandrov and Kalinin. It is a high-winged aircraft with a wooden construction, wings with fabric covering, and struts made of Duralumin pipes. Made to carry 2-3 passengers, with a “Samson” reciprocating engine, it was able to reach speeds of up to 91 miles per hour. In its design special attention was paid to safety. Its stability was studied both in wind tunnels and in free-flying models, and for the first time structural codes were applied for planes of this class. Its first flight was in 1924. It was used on the Moscow – Kazan route, and in 1925 participated in a group flight from Moscow to Peking. The airplane was the only one of its kind built.

Serge Stamper's Aviation Collection

Serge Stamper’s pride is his full collection of Russian stamps, the oldest being from 1857, which he is thrilled to share with us. Collecting, which includes of course collecting stamps, is for Stamper a tool used to investigate life. Here Stamper’s aim was researching Russian and Soviet aviation. Aviation in the Soviet Union was considered a supremely important field, on the same level as space exploration. Stamper’s most vivid recollections include flying on expeditions in a Soviet An-2 airplane and in Mi-4, Mi-6, and Mi-8 helicopters. Yes, he loves to fly as well! 

Who is Serge Stamper?

Stamper is a man with an interesting life story. He spent his childhood in a circle of young natural scientists at the Darwin Museum, the largest museum of natural science in Europe. His passion for biology and botany are still aflame. In his youth Stamper worked on geological expeditions in Chukotka and on the border with Afghanistan. He learned the trade of jeweler and engraver at the Stroganov Academy, one of the top three art universities in Russia. In the 1990s and 2000s he became involved in business and was quite successful. Serge also has a passion for collecting. He amassed a collection of contemporary art, and dreams of starting a heraldry collection (but claims he is too lazy). However, realizing his long-held passion for biology is a must. We chose Serge Stamper as a supplier for our shop because of the wide range of his interests, his exquisite taste, and his incessant curiosity. 


What else you need to know about this pillow:

Made and printed in the U.S.A.

.: 100% Polyester cover
.: Double sided print
.: Concealed zipper
.: Polyester pillow included
.: Order processing time usually takes 3-7 business days before shipment
.: This work is final sale and not eligible for return

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