Accession Number : ADA302760

Title :   The Sikorsky S-16 and Russian Aviation During the Great War.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Stampler, George L.

PDF Url : ADA302760

Report Date : 27 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : The history of aviation before and during World War I seldom includes Russia. In the few instances where the Russian aviation experience is examined, historians resort to the "backward" generalization and minimize Russian contributions to aviation history. Typically, Russia is portrayed as a nation of non-flyers, hopelessly unable to master flight or raise a modern air force. The story of the Sikorsky S-16 fighter, in conjunction with the evolution of the Squadron of Flying Ships and the Imperial Russian Air Force, reveals a sophistication that is not readily apparent. It demonstrates that Russia did possess the technical know-how to design state-of-the-art aircraft and the doctrinal savvy to employ them to great effect. But, it also illustrates the weakness of Russian aviation that has been evident to historians. Russia chose not to develop her technical-industrial infrastructure and, therefore, was unable to translate her engineering capability into a strong fleet of aircraft.

Descriptors :   *FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), AIRCRAFT ENGINES, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, MILITARY DOCTRINE, STATE OF THE ART, THESES, AVIATION ACCIDENTS, RUSSIA, STRATEGIC WARFARE, BOMBER AIRCRAFT, AIRCRAFT DESIGN, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE