Alexander Kartveli: The Aircraft Designer Who "Suffered" Greatness - James K. Libbey
Alexander Kartveli: The Aircraft Designer
Who "Suffered" Greatness
"I t's a very nervous type of work: you get stomach ulcers, you don't sleep nights, you don't eat and you don't drink.
But the final satisfaction that you get out of seeing your thing fly is a tremendous reward, which makes up for all the suffering which you are undergoing because of your work.
These words were spoken by Alexander Kartveli
at the very end of an extended interview held in New York City in April 1960.
And, frankly, any such survey must include a reference to Kartveli
He served as Vice President and Chief of Engineering for Seversky Aircraft and its successor, Republic Aviation.
In this position, he
played a key role in producing America's first modern fighter aircraft, the P-35.
was ultimately responsible for the development of the P-47 Thunderbolt, F-84 Thunderjet, and F-105 Thunderchief.
Considering the fact the latter three military airplanes played standout roles respectively in the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War, Kartveli
must be counted among individuals in the upper tier of aircraft designers.
may not have equaled the reputation of the "Blackbird's" Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, he
certainly matched DC-3's Arthur Raymond.
Naturally, when Kartveli was born in 1896, powered, heavier-than-air craft represented but a faint glimmer in the human experience.