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Alexander Kartveli

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Chief Designer

Major Alexander P. de Seversky

Employment History

  • Chief Designer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Vice President and Chief of Engineering
    Seversky Aircraft
  • Chief Designer
    Seversky Aircraft
  • Engineer
    Seversky Aircraft
  • Designer
  • Creator

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
  • Founder
    F-84 Thunderjet
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Web References
The US Seversky P-35 | Aviation and Military History Blog | Chris Chant's Blog, 5 Dec 2014 [cached]
Alexander Kartveli, chief designer of the Seversky Aircraft Corporation, and Major Alexander P. de Seversky decided to offer the SEV-2XP monoplane as the organisation's response despite the fact that it had been designed as a private-venture fighter of the two-seat type and the requirement demanded single-seat accommodation: even so, de Seversky believed that the company's two-seater would be capable of outperforming any single-seat fighter likely to be entered in the USAAC's competition. The SEV-2XP had been designed and built with great speed on the basis of the SEV-3 three-seat civil monoplane, and first flew in the spring of 1935. Success in the competition was important to most aspiring US aircraft manufacturers as this important prototype competition that was universally thought to offer the probability of large-scale production contracts for the winner, and established the basic design concept (a very substantial fuselage and a semi-elliptical wing) which Kartveli was to pursue for most of his piston-engined fighters for Seversky and its successor, the Republic Aircraft Corporation.
Eastern Suburbs Scale Modelling Club Roger Trewenack's 1/12 Tamiya Elf Tyrrell P34, 19 July 2013 [cached]
Alexander Kartveli Designer
In 1944, Republic Aviation's chief designer, Alexander Kartveli, began working on a turbojet-powered replacement for the P-47 Thunderbolt piston-engined fighter. The initial attempts to redesign the P-47 to accommodate a jet engine proved futile due to the large cross-section of the early centrifugal compressor turbojets. Instead, Kartveli and his team designed a brand-new aircraft with a streamlined fuselage largely occupied by an axial compressor turbojet engine and fuel stored in rather thick unswept wings.[1]
Aviationboom - Pioneers Alexander Kartveli, 15 Feb 2008 [cached]
Alexander KartveliAviationboom - Pioneers Alexander Kartveli
Aviationboom - Top Pioneers
Alexander Kartveli 1896-1974
Aviationboom - Alexander Kartveli
Alexander Kartveli was one of the greatest aircraft engineers, who contributed to the Allied war efforts during World War II.Born in Tbilisi, Georgia.In 1919, He had been sent to Paris by his government to perfect his knowledge of artillery.When two years later, the Red Army invaded his native land and proclaimed Socialistic Republic.Kartveli remained in France and entered the "Ecole Supérieure d'Aéronautique" in Paris.To support himself, he gave private lessons in mathematics, and performed as a trapeze artist in a circus during the evening.
Aviationboom - Republic P47 ThunderboltAfter graduation, Kartveli worked for a while at the Blériot Company and designed aircrafts "Bernard" and "Ferbois."In 1924, one of his aircrafts established new world record of speed.
However, Levine's projects having failed, Kartveli joined the Fokker American Company in 1928.
Three years later, while this company was going bankrupt, Alexander Kartveli met Alexander de Seversky, who was also from Tbilisi, and became chief engineer at Seversky Aircraft Corp.
After the war, Kartveli continued his work on designing airplanes, creating several jet-engine planes, including F-84 "Thunderjet" and Republic F-105 Thunderchief.
Kartveli lived with his wife in New York for most of his life.He worked at Seversky Aircraft Corp and Republic for almost 35 years and temporarily resigned in 1962.However, he returned in 1964 and continued his work at "Fairchild Hiller" as consultant on aircraft design.He died in 1974.
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Designed under the inspired aeronautical ... [cached]
Designed under the inspired aeronautical tutelage of Alexander Kartveli, Republic Aircraft's chief engineer, the F-105 Thunderchief, better known by its affectionate nickname 'Thud,' bore Kartveli's developmental trademarks-speed, size and power.
AAHS Journal Vol. 56 No. 2 - Summer 2011, 1 July 2011 [cached]
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. Moreover, he 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. While he 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.
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