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Lisunov was born in Saratov Province in the Russian Empire. From 1926, he served as an engineer-mechanic to an aviation squadron in the Soviet Army, rising to the position of chief engineer at Aircraft Factory No. 39 in Kharkov. In November 1936, Lisunov travelled to the Douglas Aircraft works in Santa Monica, California, to start the process of licenced production of the Douglas DC-3 in Soviet Union. From November 1936 to April 1939, Lisunov documented every part of the DC-3 and its production tooling. He also documented post-delivery in-service support.
After his return to the Soviet Union, Lisunov with Vladimir Myasishchev, started the process of re-engineering the DC-3 with the objective of putting the DC-3 into production. Most of the work involved conversion of the drawings and documents into the metric system. The derivative, later named Lisunov Li-2, was produced from 1939-1952.
- "Лисунов Борис Павлович (1898-1946) - Отечественные бомбардировщики 1945-2000" (in Russian). Retrieved August 20, 2011.
- The Douglas C-47 Dakota at www.faqs.org
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