March 20 1890 was an admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy. Pioneer, researcher and designer of heavier-than-air craft. Mozhaysky was born to Russian parents in Rochensalm. In the Grand Duchy of Finland.Then part of the Russian Empire. His father was an admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy, and Mozhaysky graduated from the Sea Cadet Corps. He spent the next seven years on voyages in the Baltic Sea. And in the White Sea. On various vessels, and was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1849.
He served with the Baltic Fleet. In 1853 he was selected as a member of Vice Admiral Yevfimy Putyatin. S expedition to the Far East. In August 1853, he demonstrated a working model of a steam engine to various Japanese dignitaries at Nagasaki.From which Japanese inventor Tanaka Hisashige. Was later able to reverse-engineer. In December 1854 he was shipwrecked at Heda, Shizuoka.
Sank in the 1854 Ansei-Tokai earthquake. Mozhaysky assisted in the construction of the schooner Heda. In 1855, which enabled the Russian delegation negotiating the Treaty of Shimoda. Later in 1855, during the Crimean War.
He served in the Gulf of Finland. In 1858 Mozhaysky was selected to participate in an expedition to Khiva. And published an account of the Aral Sea. And the Amu Darya River. He was awarded the Order of St Vladimir.
4th class, for his participation in this expedition. After his return he was made a lieutenant-commander; however, he resigned his commission in 1863 with the downsizing of the Russian navy following the end (1856) of the Crimean War. From 1869 to 1876 he lived outside the city of Vinnytsia. In what is now Ukraine.
Mozhaysky began work on a project. To develop a heavier-than-air aircraft from 1876. Mozhaysky re-enlisted in the navy in 1879 and was granted the rank of captain, 1st class. He became an instructor at the Sea Cadet Corps. He was promoted to rear admiral in July 1882, but resigned shortly thereafter due to domestic reasons.
In 1884 Mozhaysky's monoplane. Made a failed attempt to fly. His design relied upon a ramp rather than on engine power to generate sufficient speed for lift. The wing design of his craft lacked the curvature.
While it is possible that Mozhaysky's wings slowed his monoplane. S descent after launch from the ramp, the wings were unlikely ever to have provided sufficient lift for sustained flight unless used at angles of attack. That would have been impractical, given the engines available to Mozhaysky.He also experimented with different angles of attack. Mozhaysky died on April 1 1890; his tomb is at the Smolensk Cemetery. In 1909 a Russian newspaper claimed Mozhaysky's hop was the first powered flight.
This claim was later repeated in many Soviet. Researched the topic and disproved the claim.
Mozhaysky's original aircraft was found incapable of generating lift because of low engine capacity. It was also shown that with a more powerful engine, which Mozhaysky had planned shortly before his death, the aircraft might have been able to fly.Nevertheless, Mozhaysky's aviation achievements, particularly with regard to flight controls. Were considerable given the limits of the technology available to him. And have only recently received serious attention. In St Peterburg and asteroid 2850 Mozhaiskij. Are named in his honour.
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