Earlier this year, the Alexander Kartveli Association announced the conclusion of a dedicated exhibit at the Georgia National Museum in honor of Alexander Kartveli, one of the greatest military aircraft designers in history.
The Association worked with the Museum to curate an exhibit to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Alexander Kartveli. Over the course of six months, thousands of Georgians visited the exhibit.
Born in Tbilisi, Kartveli immigrated to the United States in his early 1920s to pursue a dream to design aircraft that tested the limits of aeronautical design. The exhibit will highlight Kartveli’s extraordinary life and his enduring legacy of military aircraft design. Kartveli is credited with major aircraft designs such as the P-47 Thunderbolt (used extensively in World War II by the United States), F-84 (used extensively in the Korean Wart and then by NATO forces), and the F-105 9used extensively in the Vietnam conflict). Most remarkable is Kartveli’s A-10 “Warthog” design which remains in service today in the U.S. Air Force - its fifth decade as a vital close air support aircraft. Kartveli also made significant contributions to the design and technology used in hypersonic propulsion and in early space flight.
Richard Rubin has embarked on a five-year endeavor to document and curate Kartveli’s values and life story. Richard Rubin, Chairman of the Alexander Kartveli Association says, “I am so pleased to contribute the rich content and media assets about this great aviation pioneer and innovator. My team at the Alexander Kartveli Association has collected a vast trove of materials that paint a fascinating and inspiring story about a great Georgian who impacted world events through his individual contributions to aviation. And most important of all, through the content at the exhibit, the people of Georgia will be able to enjoy of sense of national pride about Kartveli’s personal values that are an extension of his Georgian heritage.”
The exhibit will opened November 17, 2015 with a brief ceremony to discuss the vision and mission behind the exhibit.