Legendary test pilot, friend of Gagarin, has died aged 92

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On the 92nd year of his life, the fearless Honored Test Pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union, Honored Master of Sports, Georgy Mosolov, has died.

“We have lost the legend of jet aviation, an honored test pilot who made a huge contribution to the development of domestic aviation, we mourn for this loss,” said Ilya Tarasenko, Director General of MiG.

Georgy Mosolov is one of the pioneers in mastering high altitudes and speeds and one of the first Soviet pilots to establish world aviation records. He set six world aviation records, three of which are absolute, as well as three all-Union absolute records. The records were set on first prototypes of the unique supersonic front-line fighter MiG-21 and its modified versions. Georgy Mosolov was one of the closest friends of the first Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

Mosolov was born May 3, 1926 in Ufa in a simple family. In 1953 he graduated from the School of Test Pilots at the LII MAP. The corporation “MiG” came about in June 1953. He conducted flight tests of MiG-17, MiG-19, MiG-21 and their modified versions. Among the first was the E-2 (1955), I-7U (1957), I-75 (1958), I-75F (1958), E-152A (1959), E-152/1 (1961), E -8 / 1 (1962).

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Over the course of his work Georgy Mosolov mastered more than 50 types of aircraft. He repeatedly faced the most difficult conditions and, thanks to a cool head and skill, always managed to test the machines safely. He conducted tests of experimental jet fighters and researched aerodynamics, stability and controllability of aircraft.

On October 5, 1960, Colonel Mosolov Georgy Konstantinovich was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union with the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal. On September 20, 1967 he was awarded the title of “Honored Test Pilot of the USSR”, the Gold Star medal, two Orders of Lenin, the Order of the Red Star, medals For Military Merit, and a number of other decorations.

The collective of the corporation “MiG” expresses deep condolences to the family and everyone who knew Georgiy Konstantinovich Mosolov closely. His name will always remain in the history of aviation.

Source Vesti
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