Pyotr Nikolaevich Nesterov
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By email from Roy Nagl, 12-13-03
     I was just looking around the Internet for information on the early Russian aviator PyotrNikolaevich Nesterov, of the Imperial Russian Air Service, who was the first pilot to loop-the-loop, which he did in a Nieuport Type IV, on August 27, 1913, and thought he might be a candidate for your web site. He was killed on September 8, 1914, after he had rammed, with his unarmed Morane monoplane, the airplane of Austrian pilot Baron von Rosenthal, who had bombed his airfield, at Sholkiv.
     I don't remember, if I had suggested him to you, before, but I just read, in one book, that he was promptly arrested for endangering his airplane, after he landed.
     A valuable link is:
Pyotr Nikolaevich Nesterov
     This link leads to a really remarkable page which offers a multitude of additional links. It appears to have been derived from the book, "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.1 p.117-120. You will be well rewarded by following as many of the links as time permits. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

     If you search for "Pyotr Nesterov" +aviation, using the Google search engine, (5-9-08), you will find about 269 links. Among the most helpful are the following.

Pyotr Nikolaevich Nesterov
     I was alerted to this wonderful website by Dr. Till Stralhoffer. It not only offers a very comprehensive rebue of his life and career, it includes multiple links to related sites. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.
Il looping
     This page, which was the second which was suggested to me by Dr. Till Stralhoffer, is written in Italian. It offers a very comprehensive discussion to the loop which was pioneered by Nesterov. If you read Italian, you can access the page by clicking on the title above. If you need it in English, you can use the BabelFish program by copying the URL of the page and pasting it into the appropriate space on the translation program.
Wings of Valor - Introduction: Lafayette Escadrille
     This page offers a brief but interesting story on one of the first instances of air to air combat. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

Nesterov, Pyotr
     If you read Russian, you can access this page on Wikipedia which offers a very comprehensive history of him by clicking on the title above. If you need an English version, as I do, you can click on:
English Version
     Either way, you will be treated to a very complete revue of his life and career which is illustrated with seven pictures, each of which can be enlarged. We can thank our friend Alexander Tundakov for alerting us to this very important online resource.

Nesterov died in 1914.
Personal communication from Roy Nagl - 2-13-03

Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
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