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Mikhail Mil

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Mikhail Leontyevich Mil (Михаил Леонтьевич Миль; 22 November 1909 – 31 January 1970) was a Soviet and Russian aerospace engineer and scientist. He was the founder and general designer of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Biography Born to a Russian family in Irkutsk. His father was an employee of the Trans-Siberian Railway, and his mother was a dentist. His grandfather was a cantonist who had been drafted from Libava (today Liepāja), Latvia, and who settled in Siberia after 25 years in the Imperial Russian Navy. At age 12 Mil won the first prize in a model glider competition. In 1926 he entered the Siberian Technological Institute in Tomsk; however, since there was no curriculum for aerospace engineering, he decided to transfer in 1928 to the Don Polytechnical Institute in Novocherkassk, where he was able to specialise in aviation. He married a fellow student, P.G. Rudenko, in 1932 and 4 daughters and a son followed. After graduating from the institute in 1931, Mil began his
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