Vsevolod Abramovich

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Abramovich with Eugenia Mikhailovna Shakhovskaya in 1913

Vsevolod Mikhaylovich Abramovich (Russian: Всеволод Михайлович Абрамович) (August 11, 1890 - April 24, 1913) was a pioneering aviator.[1]


Abramovich was born on August 11, 1890 in Odessa, a grandson of the Yiddish writer Mendele Mocher Sforim. He studied at the Charlottenburg technical college. In 1911 he earned a pilot's licence. He began working for the Wright brothers' German subsidiary, Flugmaschinen Wright in Johannisthal, and became their chief test pilot.[1]

In 1912, Abramovich built his own aircraft, the Abramovich Flyer, based on what he had learned at the Wright factory. He flew it to Saint Petersburg, Russia to participate in a military aircraft competition.[1]

The same year, he set a world altitude record of 2,100 meters (6,888 feet) and an endurance record for carrying four passengers for 46 minutes and 57 seconds. He was killed in an aviation accident while instructing a student pilot, Eugenia Mikhailovna Shakhovskaya at Johannisthal on April 24, 1913.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wssewolod Abramovitch". Early Aviators. Retrieved 2010-10-18. He was borne in Odessa on 11 August 1890. After normal schooling, he studied at the Charlottenburg Polytechnic Institute in Germany. In the fall of 1911 he graduated from the " Wright Society" aviation school (diploma ?22) and became a flying instructor. He worked in the "Flugmaschinen Wright-Gesellschaft" in Logannistalle. ...