On this day in 1989: Alexander Yakovlev dies

Alexander Yakovlev, famous for designing the Russian Yak fighter aircraft, died on this day in 1989.

Yakovlev made up part of a feature in Flight International in 1943 about Russian aircraft designers.

In 1966 he was awarded the Order of Lenin for creating new aircraft.

Flight wrote: “Under his guidance Soviet engineers have created dozens of new types of planes and helicopters, mainly piston-engined and jet fighters and fighter-interceptors.”



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