Boris Ivanovich Cheranovsky (Russian: Борис Иванович Черановский, alternatively romanized as Chyeranovskii; 1 (13) July 1896 – 17 December 1960) was a Russian aircraft designer, notable for creating world's first airworthy flying wing aircraft — the BICh-1 and BICh-2 gliders from 1924, and the powered BICh-3 later. They used a tailless parabolic planform.
B. I. Cheranovsky was born on either 1 or 13 July 1896 in Pavlovich, Volyn province, Russia. By profession he was painter and sculptor, but in 1920 became interested in aviation. From 1924 to 1927 he studied at the Air Force Academy. From 1922 on he engaged in the design and construction of airframes and aircraft of the flying wing configuration. For his services to the aviation industry, Cheranovsky was awarded the Order of the Red Star. He died in Moscow, Russia, on 17 December 1960.
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