In honor of Robert Bartini
Young specialists of Russian Ilyushin Aviation Complex
took part in the festivities dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the birthday
of Robert Bartini, an outstanding aircraft designer and aerodynamicist. The
Ilyushin workers were joined by beginning aircraft designers of Myasishchev
Experimental Design Bureau and other enterprises of the industry, students of
field-oriented higher education institutions, and young specialists of Roscosmos
and United Rocket and Space Corporation.
The festivities were opened by the General Director of Ilyushin Aviation Complex
Aleksei Rogozin, who emphasized Bartini’s role in the formation of the country’s
aviation. Aleksei Rogozin pointed out that even today Bartini can serve as a
symbol of professional success and offbeat approach to problem solving.
‘Bartini was a man of creative mindset, capable of achieving goals which are
critical for our country. By commemorating a man of such stature, we ourselves
are becoming better at what we do. Let us remember that there is no such thing
as unsolvable tasks. Let us move forward and derive inspiration from our great
predecessors,’ Aleksei Rogozin stated.
Among those who gave their welcoming speeches were also pilot-cosmonaut, twice
Hero of the Soviet Union, president of the Cosmonautics Federation of Russia
Vladimir Kovalenok; first vice-president, general director of the Cosmonautics
Federation of Russia, honoured test engineer of space systems Vasily Kuznetsov;
acting first deputy general director and acting state secretary of United Rocket
and Space Corporation Dmitry Shishkin; and HR director of United Aircraft
Corporation Lyubava Shepeleva.
The educational program of the festival included an interactive lecture on the
famous aircraft designer, viewing of a documentary film, and a team game during
which the future engineers were drawing up a promising aerospace project. Three
teams presented their versions of an “aircraft of the future” based on Bartini’s
The festivities concluded with an exciting flashmob – red paper planes were
flown. The flashmob was a tribute to Bartini, in particular with regards to his
words about his main desire: to make “red” (Soviet) aircraft faster than the
“black” (Nazi) ones. The young designers wrote their wishes and dreams on the
paper planes, which were later flown into the sky in the territory of the
Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics at the All-Union Exhibition of Achievements of
Robert Bartini was a physicist, aircraft designer, and maker of more than 60
aircraft projects, an author of scientific papers on aerodynamics, an inspirator
of the Soviet space program. Sergei Korolyov called him his teacher; among his
colleagues had been aircraft designers Sergei Ilyushin, Oleg Antonov, Vladimir
Myasishchev, Aleksandr Yakovlev. For his versatile talents, he was sometimes
compared with Leonardo da Vinci. A special aerodynamical effect, ‘Bartini
Effect’, was named after him.
The festivities were prepared by the employees of Ilyushin Aviation Complex
jointly with the representatives of Roscosmos State Space Corporation, United
Rocket and Space Corporation, and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).