Legendary Soviet aircraft designer, D.Sc Engineering, created the Ka helicopters, was awarded the USSR State Prize.
Nikolay Kamov was born in September 1902 in Irkutsk.
Kamov enrolled in the Engineering Faculty at Tomsk Technological Institute in 1918. He had already developed quite an interest in aviation and had been to numerous test flights. Nikolai Kamov graduated from the institute, with honors, before he turned 20, becoming the youngest engineering graduate in its history.
Nine years later, Kamov had created his first autogyro, the KASKR-1 (named Krasny Inzhener or Red Engineer). The A-7 autogyro, developed under Kamov’s supervision, was deployed during WWII.
In 1940, Kamov was appointed chief designer at the Soviet Union’s first factory producing rotor aircraft. He is credited with first coining the Russian word for helicopter – vertolyot.
|Milestones associated with Nikolai Kamov|
|September 1, 1929||First flight of a Soviet Union built rotorcraft (KaSkr-1 autogyro)|
|October 12, 1947||First flight of Kamov's helicopter, the Ka-8|
|August 30, 1949||First flight of the Kamov Ka-10|
|April 14, 1953||First flight of Kamov Ka-15|
|March 31, 1956||First flight of Kamov Ka-15M|
|October 13, 1956||First flight of Kamov Ka-18|
|April 26, 1961||First flight of Kamov Ka-25|
|May 25, 1965||First hover flight of Kamov Ka-26|
|May 6, 1967||First flight of Kamov Ka-25K|
|December 24, 1973||First flight of Kamov Ka-27|
|July 28, 1976||First flight of Russian Kamov Ka-29|
|October 8, 1980||First flight of Russian Kamov Ka-32 medium multipurpose helicopter|
|October 8, 1980||First flight of Kamov Ka-32T|
|October 19, 1987||First flight of Kamov Ka-126|