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110 years to Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov

February 7, 2016 the great Soviet aircraft designer, who is rightly called the father of the Soviet transport aviationOleg Konstantinovich Antonov would have turned 110 years old. The future aircraft designer, Doctor of Technical Sciences, professor, academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Hero of Socialist Labor and laureate of numerous awards was born on February 7, 1906 in the village of Troitsa, Voronovo volost, Podolsky district, Moscow province, in a Russian family. Over his 78-year life, Oleg Antonov has designed and participated in the creation of 52 types of gliders and 22 types of aircraft, including the heaviest and heaviest lifting machines in the world. Many of his planes can still be seen among the clouds in various parts of our planet.

With all his boundless love for the sky, Oleg Antonov was a truly earthly man. He was married three times and managed to bring four children to the people. On his days off, he loved working either in the garden or in the carpentry shop. Also one of the hobby of the aircraft designer was writing pictures. He even called one of them “The Catastrophe”. Usually, aviators do not like to talk about air tragedies, and if they have to, they can use the term - a severe flight accident. And then a man who devoted his entire life to the development of aircraft, painted a picture with a very sad storyline: in the distance, at the end of the runway, there is a pile of debris from a crashed plane. In the foreground of the picture is a large piece of duralumin sheathing and near it an elegant woman's shoe. More expressively than the plot, in order to convey the tragedy of the situation, it would be difficult to come up with. Antonov himself was well aware of all the responsibility that lies on him, so his planes have always been distinguished by exceptionally high reliability.

The future aircraft designer was born in the noble family of Konstantin Konstantinovich and Anna Efimovna Antonov. His great-grandfather Dmitry Antonov was a Decembrist, who was close to the revolutionary poet Kondratiy Ryleev. Father Konstantin Antonov was a well-known architect who was associated with many leading artists of his time. Houses and bridges, which were designed and built by Konstantin Antonov, are still in use in St. Petersburg and other cities of the Russian Federation. In the future, fearing possible obstacles to entering the institute, Oleg Antonov will be forced to hide his noble origin.

110 years to Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov

In 1912, the Antonov family moved to live in Saratov, on the banks of the Volga. Here little Oleg first heard about the aircraft, which his cousin told him about. In those years, there was almost no literature on aviation in Saratov. Therefore, Oleg Antonov collected all information from magazines and newspapers, independently compiling a kind of reference book. Subsequently, he recalled that this meeting served him a very great service, having taught him to view aircraft from different angles. Together with his peers, Oleg created the Aviation Fans Club in Saratov, published a handwritten magazine about various aviation equipment. The passion for flying always puffed up by the sky guys at a military airfield, where they got closer acquainted with the design of the aircraft, and also studied their fragments on the outskirts of the airfield, as well as the local book market, where it was possible to find random books on aviation. It is worth noting that in the 1921 year, being a 15-year-old boy, Oleg survived the famine that swept the regions of the Volga region.

Since 1923, Oleg begins active work in the "Society of Friends of the Air fleet", He quite actively creates gliders. In particular, he created a training apparatus, called the “Pigeon”. For the successful design of the airframe, he was even awarded a diploma. The indefatigable creative nature of Antonov, as well as the tenacious memory in which he could keep the designs of almost all aircraft known at that time, allowed young Oleg Antonov, a student in the hydroaviation department of the ship department of the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, to create successful training gliders, among which are: OKA-3 , "Standard-1", "Standard-2", OKA-7, OKA-8, as well as the first record-breaking glider called "The City of Lenin".

At the end of 1930, after completing his studies at the institute, Oleg Antonov set off towards the capital, where the Central Glider Design Bureau was organized. In those years near Moscow Tushino a glider plant was built. In 1933, its construction came to an end and the young Antonov was appointed his chief designer. In those years, the Rot-Front series gliders, designed by Oleg Antonov, achieved record flight ranges.

In order to enter the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, the young man, as we already wrote above, was forced to hide his noble origin. However, later, already in 1937, the NKVD bodies nevertheless got to the bottom of this information. Aircraft designer Alexander Yakovlev saved the repressions of the future illustrious designer. Under his direct supervision, a young and promising engineer grew up to the first deputy of the experimental design bureau. Initially, Yakovlev invited him to become a leading engineer for the development of training aircraft. However, the Great Patriotic War made adjustments. Antonov received a government assignment to organize the mass production of the A-7 multi-seat airborne transport glider, which he designed back in 1940. In October 1941, the plant was evacuated in Siberia to the city of Tyumen. Here were collected more than 500 such transport gliders. At the same time, Antonov was engaged in the creation of a “winged tank"- the original glider designed to transport a light tank. Piloted by S. Anokhin, he flew in tow behind a heavy TB-3 bomber, but this unusual and interesting project did not reach serial production.

In 1943, Antonov returned to the Yakovlev Design Bureau, where he was offered the post of deputy. Oleg Konstantinovich gave a lot of power to the improvement and modernization of the Yak family of fighters - one of the most massive domestic aircraft of the war period. Subsequently, recalling the work in the Yakovlev Design Bureau, he loved to say: “For the rest of my life, I remembered the credo of this remarkable aircraft designer — all that is needed is to be done.” At the same time, the young designer never lost his dream of developing his own aircraft designed for a peaceful sky.

After the end of the Great Patriotic War, Oleg Antonov turned to Yakovlev with a request to release him to independent work. In October 1945, the request was satisfied, and he went to Novosibirsk, where he headed the Yakovlev design bureau at the local aviation plant. May 31 This branch of 1946 was transformed into a new design office by a decree of the government of the Soviet Union. At the same time, Antonov was appointed his chief designer, having received the task to develop a light agricultural aircraft CX-1, which is now known around the world as An-2. In September 1946 of the year on Antonov, in addition to the leadership of the KB, also laid the duties of the head of the Siberian Research Institute for Aviation. The efficiency and energy of the designer allowed him to combine these two positions and cope with all matters. The firstborn of the design bureau for the first time rose on the sky already 31 August 1947 of the year.

During his first flight in Zhulyany in 1947, this aircraft made a very strong impression on Nikita Khrushchev, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine. Seeing that An-2 was able to take off and sit across the runway, the head of Ukraine enthusiastically exclaimed: "Yes, this dragonfly will be able to sit on the fields of my hat." At the same time, Khrushchev offered Antonov, whose design bureau was located in Novosibirsk in the post-war years, to move to the capital of Ukraine. In the 1952 year, both Antonov himself and the leading specialists of his design bureau moved to Kiev, where they created a team and the necessary production base from scratch.

It is worth noting that the An-2 was the only aircraft in the world that has been mass-produced for more than 50 years. This car won the love and respect of many pilots and earned the status of extremely reliable. For all the years of operation, several hundred million passengers, millions of tons of various cargoes were transported on this plane, more than a billion hectares of forest land and agricultural fields were handled. The plane traveled to almost all corners of our planet. For the creation of the An-2, Oleg Antonov and his staff were awarded the USSR State Prize.

Having moved to Kiev in 1952, the design bureau eventually grew into the country's largest aviation complex. In 1962, Oleg Antonov was appointed its general designer. Over the years of his leadership in the design bureau, such famous aircraft as the An-8, An-12, An-22 Antey, An-26 and An-32 aircraft were developed and built; An-72 and An-124 “Ruslan” transport jets; passenger aircraft An-10, An-14 "Bee" and An-24; An-3 and An-28 multi-purpose airplanes; A-11, A-13 and A-15 gliders.

Indicative was история presentations of the An-22 aircraft at the Le Bourget air show in 1965. The car with its size and power caused a storm of admiration from the audience and the press. To hold a press conference, Oleg Konstantinovich did not even need a hall, she was held directly in the cargo compartment of Antey. During the press conference, one of the foreign journalists called the new Soviet aircraft a military one. "And you know that even an ordinary bottle of lemonade can be weapons? - Oleg Antonov parried - in the years of the Second World War, people found filling the bottles with combustible mixture and destroying the fascist tanks! ” All those present responded to the words of Antonov with applause. However, the irrepressible opponent decided to accuse the designer of the fact that the plane is not beautiful enough and elegant. To this, the aircraft designer replied: “Beautiful is what is functional. Why is considered a beautiful woman with a luxurious breasts and wide hips? Because she can give birth and feed a healthy child! ”. After these words, the audience just burst into applause.

Heavy transport aircraft An-124 "Ruslan" was the last aircraft that was created under the direct supervision of Oleg Konstantinovich. It is worth noting that the An-124 turned out to be extremely successful aircraft. It managed to set 30 records, and all in all, the Antonov Design Bureau had more than 500 of various world achievements. After the death of an outstanding designer, the Design Bureau, which received his name, brought his ideas to life and developed them by the hands of followers. Orienting the team of his design bureau to solving new problems and challenges, Oleg Antonov said in his recent speeches: “We can move on only in a revolutionary way, mastering new ideas, and, as we know, there are no limits to the new technology.”

All my life in Antonov's soul lived a passion for soaring flight and gliding. The son of the designer Andrei Antonov recalled how, in 1980, he and his father came to Kaunas to a serial factory, on which Antonov's construction gliders were built. Oleg Konstantinovich, who at that time was already 74 of the year, again took up the old - he climbed into the airframe and flew. Then Andrei Antonov was also struck by his father’s firstborn, the An-2 labor aircraft. The "old man" grunted with his motor, slowly rolling on the grass of an ordinary flat mowed field, and suddenly took off from the ground and went up.
Years that further and further separate us from Oleg Antononov, make his image all the more vivid and complete. Antonov was not just an outstanding Soviet designer, but also a particularly warehouse man. He received a very good upbringing and possessed his own style - elegant, distinctive and confident. The designer had a special charm that combined at the same time greater seriousness with gentleness and natural elegance. In this man a noble soul and a powerful mind are united.

Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov was a figure who did not fit into the everyday notions of a major leader from the Soviet past. He was a resolute and courageous person who could speak freely on any, even the most acute topics. The basis of his creative activity was the multifaceted engineering knowledge that he possessed. Antonov knew about all the major advances in technology, and, of course, everything related to aviation. The designer’s astounding memory kept all the information about the planes of the past and the present; he was fluent in English and French. It cost him to ask about something from the field of aviation, and you could hear a real story-lecture with details about aircraft, forgotten sensations and past events of the aviation world.

Throughout his life, Antonov was fond of sports, it was possible to safely call him a sports man. He skied, flew gliders, loved ping-pong and tennis. “In old age, sport is especially necessary for the body, believe my life experience,” the designer liked to say. Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov was one of those people who was not created for old age, to understand this is simple - such creative fury, such a temperament, could not accept the restrictions imposed by age. Aircraft "burned" for some two weeks, as he lived - rapidly and rapidly. The creative nature of Antonova seemed to be matched by death — there was not the slightest hint of a slow and somewhat humiliating wilt. He passed away on 4 on April 1984, at the age of 78, and was buried in Kiev at Baikovo Cemetery.

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  1. yuriy55
    yuriy55 7 February 2016 06: 41
    Great man, great constructor ...

    It’s a pity that they did not begin to develop the plant in Novosibirsk, but transferred it ... And the plant would be intact, and the business would move ...
    1. oldseaman1957
      oldseaman1957 7 February 2016 07: 09
      Quote: yuriy55
      .And the plant would be intact, and the business would move ..
      - Yes, everything is "not for horses!" And Crimea was almost completely destroyed, and in Donbass they have "dull cotton wool". It would be necessary to take away from Kiev the "burden" - Novorossiya, so that they do not interfere with their development and please Europe with their presence.
      And the memory of Oleg Antonov, this Kiev shalypen is not worthy.
      1. Generalissimo
        Generalissimo 7 February 2016 08: 22
        Not Kivevskaya but Galician
        1. NIKNN
          NIKNN 7 February 2016 18: 16
          I don’t even know what words to choose in honor of this great designer, everything seems to be commonplace.
          Bow to you to the earth Oleg Konstantinovich, we will always remember you with admiration for courage and talent !!!
        2. Alexy
          Alexy 7 February 2016 18: 26
          Now these are synonyms.
          1. Generalissimo
            Generalissimo 21 February 2016 17: 42
            In my opinion, no.
      2. tol100v
        tol100v 7 February 2016 17: 02
        Quote: oldseaman1957
        And the memory of Oleg Antonov, this Kiev shalypen is not worthy.

        Perhaps it’s good that O.K. Antonov did not see that the gangsters in the wild - the ghouls created with his brainchild!
      3. WarMachine
        WarMachine 8 February 2016 04: 13
        Crimea was taken from the Ukrainians by force, and are glad. How so possible. (hold a referendum in Kaliningrad and in Chechnya)
        1. svp67
          svp67 8 February 2016 06: 18
          Quote: WarMachine
          (hold a referendum in Kaliningrad and in Chechnya)

          Yes Easy. I don't even doubt their results. Take off your rose-colored glasses and do something useful.
        2. Just BB
          Just BB 8 February 2016 06: 34
          If something were taken away from the people, then there too the war would go on as in the Donbass.

          And now this is not the topic!
        3. goncharov.62
          goncharov.62 27 October 2016 19: 35
          In Chechnya carried out. Before the first war. Remind the result? Or people for a cookie, like Ukrainians, sold out?
    2. gjv
      gjv 7 February 2016 08: 45
      Quote: yuriy55
      Great man, great constructor ...

      The first employees of OKB-153. Third left in the front row - Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov. Novosibirsk, 1946.

      1. dv_generalov
        dv_generalov 7 February 2016 15: 20
        Now it is the Chaplygin Research Institute, after Antonov the Research Institute was headed by Bartini, two giants of the Soviet school of aircraft engineering thought and production.
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    4. svp67
      svp67 7 February 2016 10: 31
      Quote: yuriy55
      Great man, great constructor ...

      Yes, from the tribe of Great Creators. That's just a pity that the descendants were not worthy of his glory.
      Quote: yuriy55
      It’s a pity that they did not begin to develop the plant in Novosibirsk, but transferred it ... And the plant would be intact, and the business would move ...

      That’s not a fact ... You don’t know how it would have gone, Sukhoi or Ilyushin could crush him for yourself, but of course it’s bad that now we are left without Antonov Design Bureau, so many aircraft are left without design support, we have to catch up and do it again ...
      And why isn’t there a photo of the car that he was planning, but he didn’t have time to turn into metal?

      1. gjv
        gjv 7 February 2016 10: 46
        Quote: svp67
        so many vehicles left without design support

        Aircraft bully hi
        In August 1948, the leadership of the Scientific Research Institute of Civil Air Fleet, in agreement with Antonov, decided to test the CX-1 in flights along high-altitude routes in the Caucasus. The plane flew from Moscow to Kutaisi. In addition to checking it in the highlands, the task was set to transfer food and other vital goods to the village of Mestia, located in northern Georgia, in Svaneti. Lysenko recalled: “Before flying to the Caucasus, I was at the reception of the deputy. Head of the Main Directorate of the Civil Air Fleet Sh. L. Chankotadze. He told me that in his early years, at the beginning of the 30s, he managed to break into Svaneti on Po-2. During this flight, a hat of black felt was dressed on his head with the hands of the oldest woman in Svaneti. ” Matriarchy persisted in the Svans isolated in the mountains until the XNUMXth century.
        In summer, you could get to Mestia only on foot or on a donkey along the Inguri Gorge, but in winter even this connection was interrupted - everything was covered with snow. The shortest but most difficult route was chosen for flights to Svaneti: from Kutaisi via the Laiparsky ridge 4200 m high, then along the Inguri River to Mestia. The crew of Lysenko, Zazimko, Ilyin and Eskin, flying out of Kutaisi, went on this difficult flight. Having overcome the ridge at an altitude of 4800 m, the plane went down with a decrease in the turbulent Inguri in a narrow gorge, strictly following the contours of the gorge. The site in Mestia, on which it was necessary to land, was a small plateau measuring 200 by 60 m at an altitude of 1200 m above sea level. On one side, a ridge with an excess of 800 m adjoined it, and on the opposite, a sheer wall of Mount Schkheld with an excess of more than 3500 m. Under such conditions, withdrawal to the second circle was completely excluded. Lysenko made a landing approach from the ridge along a steep glide path close to the slopes of the ridge. As soon as the plane stopped, it was surrounded by a dense ring of almost the entire population of Mestia. After a spontaneous rally, the mountaineers staged an impromptu concert.
        1. gjv
          gjv 7 February 2016 10: 47
          Quote: svp67
          so many vehicles left without design support

          A day later, the weather facilitated the return flight. Takeoff was made towards the ridge, and, having overcome it, the plane entered the Inguri gorge in the opposite direction from Kutaisi. In the place where the Nakra River flows into Inguri, and the gorge widens, Lysenko turned the plane on the opposite course towards Kutaisi. They approached the Laipar Range at an altitude of 4800 m. As in the previous flight, such a climb was not easy. The motor for a long time worked at full power, the temperatures of the cylinder heads and oil reached the maximum permissible values. It was impossible to change the regime, this would lead to an inevitable disaster. The situation was saved by a large margin of safety inherent in the design of the engine. Several intense flights to Svaneti gave invaluable experience in operating the CX-1 in high altitude conditions. According to their results, engine bonding was improved to improve cooling of the upper cylinders and an oversized oil cooler was installed.
          Experienced CX-1 passed comprehensive tests and withstood them with dignity, without failures in work.
          In the late autumn of 1948, when the first snow had already fallen, the aircraft, having passed all the tests, returned to Novosibirsk, to its native team. OK Antonov and his associates met the car with great excitement. Oleg Konstantinovich wholeheartedly thanked the courageous crew: G.I. Lysenko, N.M. Zazimko, A.V. Ilyina and A.P. Eskin.

          CX-1 - flight prototype of a veteran worker An-2.

          Quote: A.Lex
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        3. Just BB
          Just BB 8 February 2016 06: 47
          Seven years ago I was on business in Managuya. At the airport, behind the hangar, I saw neatly folded (!) Fragments of An-2.
          -- What happened?
          - Yes, our specialists repaired the engine. Here he is after repair in the jungle and sat down. Now we think how to repair the whole plane!
          hi hi

          An aircraft that has no fuselage resource! Fly "To the holes"
          ... And of them "chicken coops"
    5. northern
      northern 7 February 2016 10: 42
      A talented, bright person, a very visionary designer. And how stupidly the descendants have tarnished his legacy :-(
      1. Fitter65
        Fitter65 7 February 2016 13: 51
        Between Alykel and Norilsk stands as a monument to An-24
        1. gjv
          gjv 7 February 2016 15: 21
          Quote: Fitter65
          Between Alykel and Norilsk stands as a monument to An-24

          Yes, it is. Just not the 24th. This is the An-26 (albeit on the basis of the 24th) hi .

        2. northern
          northern 8 February 2016 00: 08
          Yes, I changed on watch at "Nadezhda" IL-14.
          Did you find the An-2 waterfowl on Valka?
    6. iouris
      iouris 7 February 2016 19: 14
      That's right, that was transferred to Kiev. Moscow is nearby, nearby are the main plants. It is wrong that Russia was subsequently destroyed. Russia and Ukraine are two parts of Russia. This is a real disaster.
      1. Just BB
        Just BB 8 February 2016 06: 50
        Ah! Wake up!
        Where is Novosibirsk, where is Kiev !!!
        "Moscow is near!" (no need to arrange breaks from geography lessons!)
    7. Just BB
      Just BB 8 February 2016 06: 28
      I didn’t feel sad ... but the Saratov Plant, Samara Aviation, etc., etc., etc.
  2. ImPerts
    ImPerts 7 February 2016 07: 03
    His planes are like a monument to him. Only the planes remained. I can’t believe that the KB im. Antonov will continue to exist, will be torn apart and sold. Technical documentation "Boeing" with "Airbus", area for merchants. And the planes are still flying.
    1. inkass_98
      inkass_98 7 February 2016 07: 20
      Quote: ImPerts
      Technical documentation for Boeing with Airbus

      What to sell there, paper drawings? So nobody needs them, times have changed, now the figure is in high esteem. And digitizing old papers is more expensive than redesigning. Unfortunately, the same problem arose with Energia and other Soviet legacy.
      And the current developments of the Antonov design bureau are not needed by anyone, only extra competition in the market.
      Russia would be useful for specialists, and once again clicking on the nose Kukuev would be great laughing .
      1. tol100v
        tol100v 7 February 2016 17: 16
        Quote: inkass_98
        And the current developments of the Antonov design bureau are not needed by anyone, only extra competition in the market.

        Progress and promising ideas are always needed by everyone, but competitors are needed by no one! Having destroyed the Antonov firm, the Kuev authorities carried out the order of the West! In the same way, they ruined YUZHMASH and many other things. The West does not need high-tech competitors, like everyone else!
  3. Good cat
    Good cat 7 February 2016 07: 04
    And then Khrushchev made a fuss!
  4. Koshak
    Koshak 7 February 2016 07: 24
    Our great contemporaries! soldier
    "What, what were we witnesses ..."
  5. parusnik
    parusnik 7 February 2016 07: 25
    The aircraft designer "burned out" in some two weeks, as he lived - rapidly and swiftly.. Eh, his brainchild also burned ...
  6. Bort radist
    Bort radist 7 February 2016 07: 30
    Great person. AN-12 military hard worker. Failsafe. On two engines from one plane sat on one. I flew a passenger on AN-2 on local lines. Always climbed aboard these cars without a doubt.
    Quote: Good cat
    And then Khrushchev made a fuss
    With language removed. Then Khrushchev invited Antonov, whose design bureau was located in Novosibirsk in the post-war years, to move to the capital of Ukraine. Oh, Nikita Sergeevich.
    1. cap
      cap 7 February 2016 07: 59
      Quote: Bort Radist
      With tongue removed. Then Khrushchev invited Antonov, whose design bureau was located in Novosibirsk in the post-war years, to move to the capital of Ukraine. Oh, Nikita Sergeevich.

      N.S. my memory as it was, will remain a voluntarist.
      No wonder the monument to Khrushchev is black and white, this is its essence.
      Antonov, not the first on this list, is truly a brilliant man.
      1. samoletil18
        samoletil18 7 February 2016 14: 51
        To Khrushchev. Khrushchev promoted everything Ukrainian. When the "Moscow" and "Ukraine" (Il-18 and An-10) were created, a collision arose with the NK-4 and AI-20. The first was, in the presence of mass-dimensional advantages, deprived of the right to life because of its non-Ukrainian origin. I also believed in the legend about the unreliability of the NK4, until I found a comparison of the number of accidents caused by power plants on the Il-18. And the problems with the center section that buried the "Ukraine" could not have happened with a lighter engine.
  7. Cook
    Cook 7 February 2016 07: 31
    Many thanks to the great Designer and the staff of his design bureau, for the planes they created on which I worked.
  8. rapid1934
    rapid1934 7 February 2016 07: 41
    It is good that Oleg Konstantinovich did not see the rampant Banderism in Ukraine and what the "descendants" did with his firm. hi
    1. Koshak
      Koshak 7 February 2016 08: 09
      Yeah! From the other world would curse!
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  10. A.Lex
    A.Lex 7 February 2016 08: 39
    And, for the umpteenth time, I ask: WAS THIS IT WAS TO DESTROY THE USSR? !!
    1. Kostya Andreev
      Kostya Andreev 7 February 2016 09: 48
      The collapse of the USSR as a litmus test showed who is friend and who ....
      The collapse of the union is bad, but now Russia does not contain and develops any rabble, does not increase their territory. and for all that Russia has done, we are called invaders.
      1. asher
        asher 7 February 2016 14: 10
        Still, gifts from Russian lands should be returned, those that were generously distributed to different republics.
    UNAUTHORIZED 7 February 2016 08: 53
    He was a versatile person and knew how to work with his head and give birth and grow hands and children.
  12. Robert Nevsky
    Robert Nevsky 7 February 2016 09: 39
    Eternal Glory !!! It is good that I did not see the collapse of the Soviet homeland.
  13. Kostya Andreev
    Kostya Andreev 7 February 2016 09: 44
    And Ukrainians believe in the future Antonov Design Bureau, the naivety of people living in Ukraine is surprising.
    somewhat off topic, I wait when they say in Ukraine that the T-34, the invention of the Ukrainian design genius, because it was made in Kharkov.
    I want to ask the Ukrainians that they have become free from Russia, and how is technology, money? surged into the country, probably BMW concern, will soon transfer production.
    1. atos_kin
      atos_kin 7 February 2016 11: 09
      Without Russia, "haplyk" and An-70 came. The "glorious" path of the renowned design bureau: from Mriya to the UAV.
  14. AlNikolaich
    AlNikolaich 7 February 2016 09: 51
    Thank you for the article! For those who are especially interested in the personality and work of Oleg Konstantinovich, I recommend the books by the Saratov writer Vladimir Kazakov "Create yourself", "A-seventh go into the night", and "Combat aerial couplings". Very good books, especially for the younger generation!
  15. sevtrash
    sevtrash 7 February 2016 11: 35
    One of the galaxy of outstanding designers of the USSR. Nevertheless, he created not only airplanes, it looks like a school, too, after him the design bureau still managed to do something. Still bringing An70, the creation of An140, A148 and its development from passenger An158 to military transport An178 aircraft. And this is under what conditions.
    It is clear that the design bureau’s prospects are not very, to put it mildly, the entire fleet of developed aircraft was most fully suited to the needs of the CIS and Russia, first of all, in Russia there are no such alternatives.
    They say that there are orders for 178 from Saudi Arabia, China, even the little things. But, China is likely to buy a couple of cars and just copy and throw the Antonovites.
    In general, unlike Il, Yak, to some extent Tu, after the collapse of the USSR, Antonov Design Bureau still had new planes brought to production.
    1. dv_generalov
      dv_generalov 7 February 2016 15: 26
      KB destroyed. Airbases and Lockheeds, there Rolls-Royce competitors are not needed!
      1. gladcu2
        gladcu2 8 February 2016 17: 49

        I wonder if the KB is still alive.
        It seems a year ago, an attempt to raider was repelled.
    2. tol100v
      tol100v 7 February 2016 17: 43
      Quote: sevtrash
      In general, unlike Il, Yak, to some extent Tu, after the collapse of the USSR, Antonov Design Bureau still had new planes brought to production.

      It is interesting to ask: Where is this PRODUCTION? In Kiev? In Kharkov? Or in Zhmerinka? And how many boards have been assembled and sold since the moment of receiving "independence"? And how many looted and sold for a cap of rusks? And how many highly qualified specialists are left out of work? And there are HUNDREDS of such questions!
      1. sevtrash
        sevtrash 7 February 2016 19: 23
        Quote: Tol100v
        It is interesting to ask: Where is this PRODUCTION? In Kiev? In Kharkov? Or in Zhmerinka? And how many boards have been assembled and sold since the moment of receiving "independence"? And how many looted and sold for a cap of rusks? And how many highly qualified specialists are left out of work? And there are HUNDREDS of such questions!

        It seems that in fact you have one question, implying the statement - "What and who are you in general?" What touched you so much? That the Antonov Design Bureau managed in the most difficult conditions to make a little more than some other fragments of the Soviet aircraft industry? So for this you have to respect them, if you are capable.
        And where is this production - it’s very easy to find out, just type Antonov in the search engine and look further. But this requires a desire to know, it seems that not everyone needs it.
        There is Aviant, there is Kharkov Aviation. An 140 released only 33, in Kharkov 14, the rest in Iran, Samara. An 148 - 40 pieces, Aviant and Voronezh. Until 2012, 15 An148 were released in Voronezh, is the remaining 25 released? - on the Aviante. An 158, Aviant, 6 pieces. How much after 91 An74 was released, An124 - I do not know. It is clear that in the history of these factories there are thousands of aircraft produced.
        After 1991, the first flight was performed by An70, An140, An148, An158, An178.
        I think that the result is worthy of respect, not humiliation. These planes show that Antonov’s school remained in them. The future, of course, is hardly positive. Competitors are not needed abroad.
        1. KVIRTU
          KVIRTU 7 February 2016 20: 33
          Until 2012, the plant had on the balance sheet
          such a social network:
          "15 multi-storey residential buildings that the company built for its employees, 2 hotel-type houses for young employees, 3 dormitories and 9 playgrounds."
          Transferred to the balance of Kiev ...
          Who else could have held so long in these times? Eh ...
          1. Thunderbolt
            Thunderbolt 7 February 2016 21: 15
            And in our city, too, beauty and pride was an aircraft plant. The construction company separated from it long ago (but both the plant and the construction company belong to one person: Deripaska) - many of its houses in the city are (both Soviet times and already the times of its commercialization). Now it is thriving - a whole town has grown low-rise construction, has its own bank --- in general, everything is super. But the plant was not lucky. Because of the Ukrainian hush, by the way. The strategic direction was the production of An-140. But everything was "cut off". forfeit for breaking a contract; full force majeure; workers for a shortened week, vacations, etc. The repair and modernization of the Tu-95 MS (this is the native plant of our "Bears") somehow saves. Otherwise, without a large order, everything would have stopped altogether. But this is the same plant to which this famous telegram of Stalin was sent in 1941 (dissatisfied with the rate of aircraft production --- after all, two months passed from the beginning of the evacuation from Voronezh !!!):
            You failed our country and our Red Army.
            You will not deign to still release the IL-2 points. Our Red Army needs IL-2 planes now as air as bread, point Shenkman gives one IL-2 a day, and Tretyakov gives MIG-3, one two points each. This is a mockery of the country over The Red Army pts We do not need MIGs, but IL-2 pts. If the 18th plant thinks to secede from the country by giving one IL-2 a day, then it is cruelly mistaken and will suffer punishment for this. "ov pt. Last warning pt.

            Everything was fine, more than 15.000 attack aircraft were rolled out during the war years. And now it’s not a war, but the devil knows WHAT. Oh, and you could cooperate perfectly with Ukrainian suppliers ... and both countries would become stronger and closer.
        2. KVIRTU
          KVIRTU 7 February 2016 20: 48
          Destruction is already in full swing:
          "There will be a huge microdistrict, and in a very good place. You can earn wonderful money on it, for this it is worth ruining this plant," economist Alexander Okhrimenko noted.
          Everything is clear then.
          “Near the enterprise there are factory posters: a brand new AN-158, and just below a giant billboard - another new building. It looks symbolic - the construction business is approaching Antonov buildings.
          200 meters from the entrance - a new residential complex is already being built there. Construction giants are clearly ready to fight for such a territory - tens of hectares. Nearby metro and railway. The battle for Antonov's legacy is apparently just beginning. "
          Although in Moscow it’s not better - now ZIL is being kicked:
          "The planning project of the southern section of ZIL is planned to be approved in the first quarter of 2016, said the head of the General Planning Department of Moscow, Alexander Ilyin."
  16. fa2998
    fa2998 7 February 2016 11: 36
    Quote: yuriy55
    It’s a pity that they did not begin to develop the plant in Novosibirsk, but transferred it ... And the plant would be intact, and the business would move ...

    The USSR was a great state, and took care of the development of other fraternal republics. Who knew that de Beals would settle in Kiev and ruin production? am hi
  17. parafoiler
    parafoiler 7 February 2016 12: 19
    The Ukrainians celebrated the 110th anniversary of Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov on a grand scale; Antonova. Grateful descendants, damn it!
    1. Alexy
      Alexy 7 February 2016 18: 30
      That's just the point that not descendants.
  18. Romanenko
    Romanenko 7 February 2016 12: 26
    It’s not good to say that, of course, but it’s lucky that Oleg Konstantinovich didn’t live to see his birthday today ... I can imagine how "fun" he would be now. Firstly, he is one of those who do not jump to the fascist tune by default, which means they would have lustrated for sure, but otherwise there is nothing to say - the plant and the design bureau under the hammer ...
    Bright memory to him.
  19. nnz226
    nnz226 7 February 2016 12: 52
    The bald corncracker has shit here too! I lured Antonov’s design bureau to Kiev, and now the design bureau has died! In Novosibirsk, they would live and prosper ...
  20. asher
    asher 7 February 2016 14: 14
    It is a pity that the descendants spoiled the works of such a talented person. It was worth Antonov Design Bureau to stay where it was created in Novosibirsk and the results would be completely different. Already in 1987, when I was on a business trip to Antonov Design Bureau, the main thing that struck me was not the rude and slippery Ukrainian workers in the service of the main production, but the gray hair of the designers behind almost all of the KB design teams.
  21. Alexy
    Alexy 7 February 2016 18: 28
    Everything is very interesting. But Svidomo already attributed to himself all the achievements.
  22. jurikberlin
    jurikberlin 7 February 2016 18: 31
    I hope that someday they will restore this legendary kb.
    Antonov, this is the Name! But you just have to do it in Russia.
  23. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 7 February 2016 18: 39
    Talent, hard work and good luck. The components of the chief designer's success are briefly described. But it is worth noting that the hand of someone from the mighty of this world still stretched over them. Above Yakovlev - Stalin, above Antonov - Khrushchev. Above Mikoyan - brother. The competition was tough, sometimes not "gentlemanly".
  24. foma2028
    foma2028 7 February 2016 21: 15
    They also say there was a story
    When Antonov was asked why he does not make low-level plans, only high-level planes.
    Oleg Konstantinovich answered: And where did you see the birds with wings and wings in the lower part of the body. All birds have wings on top.
  25. viktor561
    viktor561 7 February 2016 21: 19
    My first flight on an airplane — was back in 66 (I was 10 years old) on the AN-10 — I was delighted with the huge colossus (flight Moscow – Syktyvkar) Thanks to Antonov for the wonderful planes !!!!
    1. NordUral
      NordUral 8 February 2016 00: 02
      I also have the An-10. Leningrad - Ukhta, summer 1974. For the rest of my life I remember a thin landing gear. Looking scared at her, it seemed so fragile, but how reliable.
      1. Cook
        Cook 8 February 2016 01: 09
        Sorry, you’re either confusing a year or a plane. The operation of Aeroflot An-10s in August 1972 was discontinued. And the racks are far from thin there, maybe it was the An-24?
  26. NordUral
    NordUral 8 February 2016 00: 01
    Happy life! I envy you for good.
  27. jonht
    jonht 8 February 2016 03: 16
    It would be a desire, but the RF can be revived officially already, since it was closed in dill, so to speak on the basis of succession ...
    1. Rhino
      Rhino 8 February 2016 05: 30
      That’s for sure, especially since Russia acted as the legal successor of the USSR.
  28. Just BB
    Just BB 8 February 2016 07: 09
    An-26 is also not bad!
    My 14 calendar years "turned" into 28 years of service (true: "You will fly with a whistle backwards!")
    But thanks anyway!