"Gakkel-IX Airplane" Tote Bag


SKU: 7214105

We really like this bird!

The first semi-cantilever monoplane in the world, the Gakkel IX made is first flight in 1912. When creating the aircraft, designer Yakov Gakkel’s aim was for the best possible view upward and to the sides. The Gakkel-IX, like the Gakkel-VII, was built for a military aircraft competition in the autumn of 1912 in St. Petersburg. The airplane did well in pre-competition flights. In July of 1912, the pilot Alekhnovich made a few successful flights in the monoplane with a passenger over St. Petersburg. However, consistent problems with the engine made it impossible to complete all the flights that were planned in the program. The reason for this became clear only a few years later. The mechanic for Gakkel’s plane, paid off by a pilot from Duks, a competing manufacturer, poured sulfuric acid into the engine jacket, causing it to malfunction. At the competition, the two top prizes were won by airplanes designed by Sikorsky.


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 bag:

A classic tote bag that'll withstand whatever you throw in it, from books to groceries!

• 100% bull denim cotton construction
• Dimensions: 14 ⅜” x 14” (36.5 cm x 35.6 cm)
• Dual handles
• 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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