These papers contain the personal documents and correspondence of Constantine L'vovich Zakhartchenko, a Russian émigré and
aeronautical engineer. In the course of his engineering career, Zakhartchenko was involved with the design and development
of numerous aircraft, aircraft components, and missiles, including the jet engine afterburner, the McDonnell ZHJD-1 twin-engine
helicopter, and ZAUM-N-Z cruise missile.
Constantine L'vovich Zakhartchenko was born in Lublin, Russia, on January 17, 1900. A graduate of the Imperial Naval Academy,
he served as a midshipman, second mate, and second officer from 1916 to 1920. Immigrating to the United States, Zakhartchenko
enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he graduated in 1923 and embarked on an engineering career.
Zakhartchenko began work as an assistant chief engineer at the Shiuchow Aircraft Works in Kwangtung, China, from 1934 to 1943
and later worked for the McDonnel Aircraft Corporation and the United States Naval Ordnance Experimental Unit at the Potomac
River Naval Command.
1 manuscript box, 20 microfilm reels
(3.4 Linear Feet)
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