Vladimir Kotelnikov was born in Moscow on 9 December 1951. He graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute (University) in 1975 and was engaged in research and development in the area of high-temperature strength. Vladimir was awarded an academic degree as Candidate of Science in 1981 and read lectures on aircraft piston engine design at Moscow Aviation Institute. Since the 1980s Kotelnikov has conducted archival research on the history of Russian aviation during the inter-war and WWII period. He has paid specific attention to the history of foreign aircraft testing and operations in Russia. As the result of his work he has published several hundred articles and dozens of books in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and US, among them - Americans in Russia, Russian Piston Aero Engines, Early Russian Jet Engines, Air War Over Khalkhin Gol, Le Petlyakov Pe-2 and others. Being an aviation historian, he has received a diploma as Professor of the Academy of Aviation and Aeronautics Science and currently acts as consultant on piston aero engines design to Russian aviation museums as well as to different aircraft restoration groups. Since 2003 Vladimir has held the post of an editor of the Aviakollektsiya aviation history magazine, published in Moscow.
This book gives a great insight into early Airborne operations in the Soviet Union, the equipment and thinking of the time (even if some of it was a bit bizarre). Highly recommended. * Britmodeller.com 08/07/2019 *