‘The Dmitrievskogo aerosledge.’
After The Civil War, the country was left in ruins. Industry, system of education were almost completely destroyed. So, Vladimir Lenin announced the beginning of the New Economic Policy (NEP) which was supposed to restore the Russian economics. Among those which participated in NEP, were various defence-sports and technical associations which played an important role in cross-country vehicle development.
The ANT-VI aerosledge, 1926.’
Military-Scientific Association (MSA) was a pioneer organization which helped the Red Army in strengthening the country’s defences and personnel training. With time, MSA switched over to the civil population and consequently, was renamed into Defence Assistance Society (DAS).
‘The NAMI aerosledge, 1926.’
‘Dinamo’ Proletarian Sports Society appeared in 1923. Extending its sphere of influence, it acquired regional offices subordinate to the Central Council. ‘Dinamo’ was in charge of stadiums, shooting galleries, aero clubs and technical circles. In spring, they organized Air Force Friends Society (AFFS) which later merged with another society into ‘Aviachim’ which capital exceeded 4.5 million rubles in gold (150 thousand dollars).
‘The TsAGI aerosledge in Novgorod, 1926.’
In 1927, DAS merged with ‘Aviachim’ into ‘DASAviachim’, which carried our works in propaganda (lections, meetings), rallies and other events organization. In February 1926, ‘Aviachim’ held a 1446-kilometer long Mosocw-Tver-Vyshny Volochek-Novgorod-Leningrad race there and back. 13 aerosledges participated in the event. Participants had to put up with different road conditions (frosts and thaw), so just 9 of them managed to go the distance.
‘The ARKhCZO I-3 aerosledge.’
Next month, they held a speed contest for aerosledges and then a race for the ANT-IV aerosledges without refuelling, which proved to be reliable and technically advanced.
‘A list of aerosledges which participated in a race in 1926.’
The NAMI NRB-V and TsAGI ANT-IV took part in a 2240-kilometer long race organized in 1927, visiting 15 cities of the country. In Leningrad, the I-3 and ‘Morskaya Aviabaza’ joined the team.