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Nikitin, Vasili Vasilievich
Born in 1901, Vasili Vasilievich Nikitin (In Russian: Василий Васильевич Никитин) came to aircraft construction in an unconventional way. An architect by training, he began working in 1922 at DP Grigorovich's construction bureau. He soon stood out as an organizer and designer, for which he was appointed as responsible for the general composition.
Between 1925 and 1929 he went to work with NN Polikarpov and between 1930 and 1936 at the TsKB.
From 1933 Nikitin designed several airplanes of his own conception and participated in the development of other models in collaboration with several designers.
In 1933 he designed his first own design, the NV-1 single - seater trainer which was soon upgraded into the NV-2 version. The NV-4 of 1936 appeared as a central float plane and Nikitin developed a military version, which competed unsuccessfully in the competition for the KOR-2.
The NV-5 of 1937 was the forerunner of an entire family of biplane training aircraft that was never produced due to the preference given to single-seater trainers.
From the arrest of Mijelson in 1937 Nikitin went on to head the Experimental Department of Factory No.23 in Leningrad, which was responsible for the continuation of his designs. In this period include flying boat MP from 1937 and training floatplanes MU-4 and MU-5.
In addition to his own designs during this period, Nikitin worked on modifications of aircraft from other manufacturers. The R-5T torpedo boat, developed in 1933 on the basis of the Polikarpov R-5 reconnaissance aircraft, vame to light; the R-5 Jumo from 1935, with a German engine and the special RZ to set records from 1937.
In 1937 the PSN models (special mission gliders) were built, flying bombs without motor. The first model was PSN, developed by NG Mijelson and 10 copies of it were built. The second model, called PSN-2, was conceived by MM Yefimov and had already been towed through the air when it was decided to cancel development.
Between 1939 and 1940 VV Nikitin went on to direct the OKB-30 based on the Moscow Tech and later transferred to Factory No.156. Test pilot Vladimir Shevchenko was appointed lead constructor. Between 1939 and 1941 the OKB-30 would build 3 prototypes (IS-1 , IS-2 and NV-6) and would be responsible for the development of 18 aircraft projects. OKB-30 ceased to exist as a result of NKAP order No. 459ss issued on May 20, 1941.
From 1941 on, he held various management positions in aeronautical repair shops and at TsAGI. In 1942 he converted a captured Junkers Ju-52 from the Germans into a test bed for experimental applications at the TsAGI and later took charge of the design and construction of the wind tunnels and the work of the Scientific-Technical Bureau of the institute.
In 1945 he was in charge of transforming a Douglas Douglas A-20 “Boston” attack aircraft into a liaison plane and staff transport with capacity for several passengers.
After the war he went to work at the NI Kamov bureau, dedicated to the development of helicopters, and was soon selected as its reserve.
Overall VV Nikitin was responsible for the creation of 15 original and successful aircraft. This aeronautical constructor managed to pass the piloting courses and generally tested his designs in the air.
Vasili Vasilievich Nikitin died in 1955.

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