AKA Abramovich Vsevolod Mikhaylovich
Hackstetter &Wssewolod Wssewolod Abramovitch

Collection of Rene Hackstetter, 4-15-04
"Abramovich Vsevolod Mikhaylovich (1890 - 1913).
from the book
by M.L.Dol'nikov, M.L.Dol'nikova
Translated from the Russian by Bruno De Michelis, 3-20-07
     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. He contributed to the development of the"Wright" aircraft . Since 1911 he became chief pilot of the "Wright Society". In the same year he invented an early air speedometer. He established several aviation records on the "Wright" aircraft during the aviation competitions in Berlin in 1912, year in which he also completed a Berlin - Petersburg overflight, mainly undertaken for advertising purposes.
     This overflight was exceptional at the time - more than 1500 thousand kilometers. In Rossi V.Abramovich participated in the second competition for military aircraft, flying above the airfield. The "Abramovich- Wright" aircraft was not an official participant in the contests, but flew extensively and paraded successfully. In one of the flights Abramovich established a new world record: after taking on board four passengers, he flew for 48 minutes, beating by 27 minutes the previous record of German pilot Rayttsel. Abramovich then proposed to the military department to acquire some modified "Wright" planes. Taking into account that the modifications made by Abramovich noticeably improved the flying behaviour of the airplane, the servicemen decided to accept the proposal. It was decided to acquire six combat and two trainer aircraft, including several spare parts. In the summer of 1913 the ordered aircraft were built, packed into boxes and sent into Gatchinu.
      After the delivery, Abramovich was supposed to arrive to Petersburg for training the Russian pilots. But fate deemed differently: on the 24th of April, 1913, the talented pilot and inventor perished 'cause of princess Shakhovskaya's fault, during a dual flight with independent controls. Shakhovskaya herself remained uninjured.
     Abramovich Vsevolod Mikhaylovich was buried in Petersburg, in the Nicol cemetery of Alexandra- Neva monastery. "

       The book is dedicated to the Russian airmen of the First World War. It lists in brief form the biographic data of civil and military Russian pilots who received their flying licenses from 1910 on the end of 1917.
     This is the address of the index page of the book:

Hackstetter &Wssewolod Wssewolod Abramovitch
Hackstetter, Navigator & Wssewolod Abramovitch, Pilot
Hackstetter in cap, Wssewolod Abramovitch in Goggles & Helmet
Collection of Rene Hackstetter
Wssewolod Abramovitch
Collection of Rene Hackstetter
Via Email From Jean-Pierre Lauwers
November 30, 2002
     The pilot of the plane was named Wssewolod Abramovitch. He was born in Petersburg, Russia and was the Chief Pilot at the Wright GmbH factories. Karl Hackstetter was his navigator on the flight.
     They started from Berlin-Adlershof, essentially the same airfield as Berlin-Johannisthal. Johannisthal is left of field and Adlershof is at right of the field and at right side you had the Wright GMBH Factories!
     They started from Berlin at 4 am on July 14, 1912 . They arrived in Saint Petersburg on August 6, 1912, at 7 pm! The elapsed flight time was 19 h 30' and they covered some 1.500 km. The major problems were mechanical ones, motor failures, although there were reports of some wing damages!
     So on the photo you got , you have that pilot + left of him Hackstetter in the plane!

Wssewolod Abramovitch
A forced landing in Wäldern
Engine breakdown in Russia,
Twenty-four days from Berlin (Johannisthal)
to St. Petersburg (Gatchina)
Collection of Rene Hackstetter

Abramovitch & Fokker
Berliner Flugwoche, 1912
Abramowitsch auf Wright-Doppeldecker am Steuer, ganz rechts Fokker.

Collection of Rene Hackstetter, 1-25-05

"This homepage tries to grant a view of the beginnings of aviation history (until approx. 1930). Here the different types of aircraft (approx. 100), their pilots, pioneers, the assigned technology and the flight maneuvers are presented. As representational form an old flier book was used."
Much fun wishes you
Gert Steidle

     This is an absolutely fabulous and monumental resource for anyone interested in the development of aviation in Germany. The author and webmaster, Gert Steidle, has throughly covered the period from before 1783 to about 1930. If you can read German, you are very fortunate and can take full advantage of this site. You can enter the site by clicking on the title.
     If you are like me, reading only English, you can still enjoy the site by using a machine-translated version. I have found that it is easiest to enter the English version by going directly to this entry point
Airfield and Cradle of German aviation

     "on the airfield... a whole aviatischer park stands. The enourmous forest-circumscribed airfield... is provided with large grandstands from which the flight planes to be observed splendourful... On usual days to Johannisthal is good weather always large numerous pilots and their pupil one flies, and the spectator nearly always comes on his calculation."
Report in the Berliner Stadtfuhrer von 1912

     If you go this page first, you will that you can then access the other pages in English translation, including the "Introduction," You will many important subsections to the site, all of them interesting and important to an understanding of the development of aviation in pre-WW I Germany.

Before Amelia
Women Pilots in the Early
Days of Aviation
Eileen F. Lebow
Product Details
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Before Amelia is the remarkable story of the world's women pioneer aviators who braved the skies during the early days of flight. While most books have only examined the women aviators of a single country, Eileen Lebow looks at an international spectrum of pilots and their influence on each other. The story begins with Raymonde de Laroche, a French woman, who became the first licensed female pilot in 1909. De Laroche, Lydia Zvereva, Melli Beese, Hilda Hewlitt, Harriet Quimby, and the other women pilots profiled here rose above contemporary gender stereotypes and proved their ability to fly the temperamental heavier-than-air contraptions of the day.
Lebow provides excellent descriptions of the dangers and challenges of early flight. Crashes and broken bones were common, and many of the pioneers lost their lives. But these women were adventurers at heart. In an era when women's professional options were severely limited and the mere sight of ladies wearing pants caused a sensation, these women succeeded as pilots, flight instructors, airplane designers, stunt performers, and promoters. This book fills a large void in the history of the first two decades of flight
About The Author:
Eileen F. Lebow is an author and former teacher. Her previous books include Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight and A Grandstand Seat: The Army Balloon Corps in World War I. She lives in Washington, D.C.
     This book has two full pages of information on Eugenie Shakovskaya, including a nice photo of her with Wssewolod Abramovitch seated in a Wright biplane. Abramovitch was killed in April 1913 in the crash of a new Wright machine, piloted by Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya at Johannistal. The coverage of the many other pioneer women aviators is excellent. It deserves to be in the library of anyone who is interested in these remarkable women. For more information and to order, go to the publisher's homepage by clicking on:
Brassey's Inc.

       Abramovitch was killed in April 1913 in the crash of a new Wright machine, piloted by Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya, (Fürstin Schakovskoy), at Johannistal.
     He was serving as Chief Pilot of the Wright company in Johannistal from 1912 to1913. He trained Eugenie Shakhovskaya at Johannistal. Apparently there was a "relationship" between them.
Personal Communication from Dave Lam

Johannisthal Airfield
Fürstin Schakovskoy with
her Wright-Doubledecker
Crash Scene
Flyer Abramovitch
Fürstin Schakovskoy
Flyer Elia Dunetz
Collection of Rene Hackstetter, 3-5-05
  Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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