The Greatest Military Aircraft Inventor - Alexander Kartveli

08 July 2015

Exhibition of the Greatest Military Aircraft Designer in History Will Take Place at the Georgian National Museum

Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the General Director of the Georgian National Museum David Lordkipanidze and the Chairman of the Alexander Kartveli Association Richard Evan Rubin on July 8 at 1 p.m.

The memorandum envisages the organization of the exhibition commemorating Alexander Kartveli, which will take place in November 2015.

Exhibition will showcase models of aircrafts designed by Kartveli, blueprints, photos and multimedia materials. The exhibits will highlight the extraordinary life that Kartveli lead and his enduring legacy in the military aircraft design.

Address: Georgian National Museum Auditorium, 1 Purtseladze Street, Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Alexander Kartveli was born on September 9, 1896 in Tbilisi Georgia. In his early 20s, Alexander escaped turmoil and oppression of the Soviet Era in order to pursue a boyhood dream to design aircrafts. He left his home country and emigrated along with his mother, leaving behind other family members. While in aviation school in Paris, one of Kartveli's plane designs set a world speed record. He earned a reputation in the Paris aviation scene in the 1920's and eventually met US aviation entrepreneur, Charles Levine.   Soon Kartveli immigrated to the United States as a head of engineering and design at Levine's venture-financed aircraft manufacturing company.

Kartveli's life is an inspiration to present-day inventors and entrepreneurs who face the impossible task of challenging conventional thinking while taking great personal risk. Kartveli designed major aircrafts such as the P-47 (used extensively in WWII by the United States), F-84 (used in Korean War and then by NATO forces), the F-105 and the A-10 "Warthog" which still remains in service. Kartveli also made significant contributions to the design and technology used in space flight and was an advisor to NASA.