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Institut Aerodynamique de Koutchino
St. Petersbourg: [no publisher] 1905. First edition. Text in French. Original photographically illustrated wrappers. Bound in green cloth. 8pp., 17 plates and drawings. Small stamps of an aeronautical society and a small tear to the edges of the boards, else near fine. Attractive triangular bookplate of The Aeronautical Library of William A.M. Burden on the front pastedown. Inscribed by the author: "To Mr. W. Burden with the author's compliments and best personal regards, D. Riabouchinsky. 21st Sept. 1938." In small letters the recipient has written: "inscribed during the author's visit." Riabouchinsky was a Russian fluid dynamicist noted for his discovery of the Riabouchinsky solid technique, and many other scientific discoveries and inventions in the field of aeronautics and ballistics, and the Director of the Institut Aerodynamique de Koutchino, close to Moscow, which he founded in 1904 and which was the first aerodynamic institute in Europe. The recipient, Burden, was an aviation consultant who among many other things headed aviation research for Scudder, Stevens, & Clark, directed the National Aviation Corporation, served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Commerce, with supervision of the Civil Aeronautics Authority, and served as assistant secretary of Commerce for Air. He served on the Board of NASA from its creation until he resigned to serve as ambassador to Belgium in 1959. A significant association.
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