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Aelxander Kartveli – World’s greatest Georgian aviation engineer
09 September, 2016
120 years ago, on September 9, a prominent and world renowned Georgian aircraft engineer Alexander Kartveli (birth name Alexander Kartvelishvili) was born. He is considered one of the pioneers in American aviation, who went down in history as one of the greatest innovators. His brilliant mind created planes that Americans are proud of to this day. The A-10 Thunderbolt, a ground attack aircraft that U.S. Air Force uses today, was created in accordance with his designs. Alexander Kartveli’s real name was Aleksander Kartvelishvili. Born in Tbilisi, he fled to the West following the Bolshevik takeover in his native Georgia. At the start of his career, he worked at the Louis Blériot Company and designed the Bernard and Ferbois aircraft. In 1924, one of his planes established a world speed record. Later, American millionaire Charles Levine invited Kartvelishvili to New York, to join the Atlantic Aircraft Corporation. His offer was accepted. Together with another well-known engineer Alexander Seversky, Kartveli designed several planes, with one of them, the Republic P-47, becoming the workhorse of the U.S. Air Force in the last years of World War II. For his achievements in aircraft design and aeronautics, Georgian engineer was awarded with U.S. National Medal of Science. He was also granted the title of Honorary Member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

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