Valerian Ivanovich Abakovsky
- Year of Death: 1921
- Experiment: Aerowagon Railcar Test
- Cause of Death: High-Speed Railcar Crash
Valerian Ivanovich Abakovsky is yet another Russian inventor on the list. He was only 25 years old when he managed to invent the “Aerowagon.” This was the first true high-speed railcar, which he managed to equip with an aircraft engine and propeller traction. In the early 1920s, many felt it could be a useful asset to get the Russian military to places all over the place at a far faster pace than others. Although, the main purpose was to get Soviet Officials to and from Moscow.
Yet Abakovsky’s testing was usually small and he had not had the chance to do a true full car test run with the Aerowagon. He would get the chance to do that on July 24, 1921. Sadly, it was also the period in which he’d join the killer science experiments list. Abakovsky, a group of Communists, revolutionary Fyodor Sergeyev, and four others took his high-speed railcar out for its test run. The railcar made it from Moscow to Tula perfectly. However, on the way back, the railcar derailed at a high speed. It killed 6 of the 22 people on board, including Valerian himself.