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Nikolay Polikarpov

Orlovskaya oblast

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Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov (1892-1944)-Russian and Soviet aircraft designer, head of OKB — 51 (later-Sukhoi Design Bureau). Twice winner of the Stalin Prize, Hero of Socialist Labor. Polikarpov is one of the founders of the Soviet school of Russian aircraft construction. The U-2 (Po-2) and R-5 multi-purpose aircraft created under his leadership were among the best in their class, and the I-15 bis, I-153 "Chaika "and I-16 became the basis of the USSR fighter aviation of 1934-1941, for which the designer earned the reputation of the"king of fighters".