Nesterov’s vertical loop


On the 27th of August 1913, an unheard of thing happened at an airfield in Kiev: before the eyes of hundreds of stunned Kiev residents a pilot completed a heart-stopping feat: a vertical loop, never before done by anyone. The pilot’s name was Pyotr Nesterov. After this flight, he became a national hero.

On the 27th of August 1913, an unheard of thing happened at an airfield in Kiev: before the eyes of hundreds of stunned Kiev residents a pilot completed a heart-stopping feat: a vertical loop, never before done by anyone. The pilot’s name was Pyotr Nesterov. After this flight, he became a national hero. Today we will tell you about this eminent Russian aviator.

The cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries was a time of extraordinary scientific discoveries and inventions in the most diverse areas, including in aviation. The world was living through a sort of second Renaissance. Aviation was developing quite quickly in Europe and in the USA. Russian thinking, talent and courage was not left by the wayside when it came to conquering the skies. Already in 1910, the first Russians joined the ranks of aviation pilots. Russian pilots were sent to France to learn how to fly. Mikhail Efimov and Sergei Utochkin, who did a lot to popularize aviation in Russia, were among them. The first Russian pilots learnt how to fly on foreign aircraft, mostly French planes. Flights were an extremely risky undertaking and they brought about casualties: at times planes literally fell apart in the air and pilots were killed.
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