"Parachutists" Sculpture Created by Sculptor Vasily Bogolyubovat the Dmitrov Porcelain Factory, 1941 The dream of blue sky and the love of country are two topical issues of the time reflected in this sculpture. Parachutists were a popular image in the pre-war Soviet art. We can see a boy and a girl making preparations for a parachute jump. A perfect iconic image representin the motto of the youth in the 1930s: "Young communist, to the plane!" This beautiful small-scale sculpture is a remarkable example of how the interests of young people and the state appeared to be congruent. There were a vast number of flying clubs, gliding schools and parachute clubs in the USSR during the pre-war period. Being a "winged guard" seemed to be a new romantic, it was popular and fashionable. Moreover, the Soviet country of that time, living in a hostile environment, had an extreme need for air professionals. In this art piece not only did sculptor Vasily Bogolyubov fulfil the agitation task of Soviet art, but also remarkably expressed in porcelain the image of the “new people," people of the future: brave, resolute and fearless young men and women - always the winners! The sculpture was created in 1941 just before WWII came to the Soviet Union. reference: Historically, Soviet institutions are interesting not only as they are, but also for their abbreviations. In 1927, the main military-patriotic organization of OSOAVIAKHIM – "Society for Supporting Defence, Aviation and Chemical Construction" was established. OSOAVIAKHIM launched an extensive aviation propaganda, with its slogan "From model to glider, from glider to plane!" becoming a guiding light for thousands of boys and girls. Many started their career from glider clubs, such as the future aircraft designers Aleksander Yakovlev and Oleg Antonov, who were the fathers of Soviet planes "YAK," "Antey" and "Ruslan," an outstanding designer of rocket-and-space systems, Sergey Korolyov, as well as many famous pilots.