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07/14/1992

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From jets to ovens, a factory's conversion

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia -- From a catwalk high up above the cavernous transonic wind tunnel of the Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute, German Zagainov points to a metallic Jungle of fuselage parts, cables and pipes strewn on the floor far below. ""Over there is the nose section of a model Buran, the Soviet space shuttle"", Zagainov says, indicating two unrecognizable heaps. ""And that is a section of a model of the future generation of supersonic airliners"". Zagainov pauses for effect, gesturing to a squat, green, circular structure, ""And this is what we are working on now -- kilns for baking ceramics"". Kilns for baking ceramics? Like all huge government enterprises of the former Soviet Union, Zagainov's institute is struggling to convert its military output to civilian goods.
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