"Gakkel-VII Airplane" Pillow


For the sofa or the armchair?

Easily controllable and with a very sturdy chassis, specialists were of the opinion that the Gakkel-VII could have been a very good training aircraft. However, instructors at the Gatchina School, used to “Farmans”, were loath to learn a new machine. They even forgot to empty the water from the radiator, and when the temperature dropped below zero for the first time the ice broke the jacket. There was no engine to replace it, and the plane was used for parts. But the second version of the Gakkel-VII met a better fate. At the 2nd International Aviation Exposition in Moscow in 1912 it received the Grand Gold Medal from the Moscow Aviation Society. After the Expo was over, Alekhnovich the pilot completed a few flights on the aircraft. During a competition held in May 1912, he set a Russian height record for biplanes and a Moscow record for the longest flight – 56 minutes and 56 seconds – on the Gakkel-VII.


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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