Viktor Pugachev

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Viktor Georgiyevich Pugachev (Russian: Ви́ктор Гео́ргиевич Пугачёв) (born 8 August 1948 in Taganrog, RSFSR) is[1] a retired Russian Air Force officer and a former Soviet test pilot who was the first to demonstrate the so-called Pugachev's Cobra manoeuvre to the general public in 1989, flying an Su-27. Gold medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded to him in the late 1980s. He graduated from Yeysk military aviation school in 1970, test-pilot school in 1978 and the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1980. After two years with Gromov Flight Research Institute he joined OKB Sukhoi where he tested the Su-9, Su-15, Su-24, Su-25 and the Su-27. On 1 November 1989 he landed an Su-27K on an aircraft carrier for the first time in Soviet history. He became famous after his 1989 Su-27 demonstrations on the Paris Airshow. Pugachev is credited with first ever non-vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.[2]

Viktor Pugachev
Ви́ктор Гео́ргиевич Пугачёв
Born(1948-08-08)8 August 1948
NationalitySoviet Union, Russia
EducationMoscow Aviation Institute (1980), Gromov Flight Research Institute
Occupation
Years active1970-present
EmployerSukhoi Sukhoi Design Bureau
Known fortest pilot, Pugachev's Cobra maneuver
Viktor Pugachev
Su-27 Cobra 2b.png
first public Pugachev's Cobra flight-tested was done by Viktor Pugachev in 1989 in Paris Airshow
Education
AwardsOrder "For Merit to the Fatherland"
Hero of the Soviet Union
Honoured Test Pilot of the USSR
Hero of the Soviet Union
Order of Lenin
Honoured Test Pilot of the USSR
Order of the Badge of Honour
Aviation career
First flight1970
Famous flights
  • first test pilot to demonstrate the so-called Pugachev's Cobra manoeuvre to the general public in 1989, flying an Su-27
  • Sukhoi Su-27 fighter test programme including first ever non-vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
Flight license1970
Yeysk Military Institute
Air forceSoviet
Battlesnone

He currently lives in Zhukovsky and works as the Chief Pilot Designer at Sukhoi Design Bureau.

Record flightsEdit

While working as a test pilot at Sukhoi he broke 13 world records in the Sukhoi P-42:

Source: Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
Date Class (and group) Description Record Status
1986-11-15 C-1 (3) Time to climb to 3,000 m 25.37 s Record
1986-11-15 C-1h (3) Time to climb to 3,000 m 25.37 s Record
1986-11-15 C-1 (3) Time to climb to 6,000 m 37.05 s Record
1986-11-15 C-1h (3) Time to climb to 6,000 m 37.05 s Record
1986-11-15 C-1 (3) Time to climb to 9,000 m 47.03 s Improved to 44.18 s by same aircraft
1986-11-15 C-1h (3) Time to climb to 9,000 m 47.03 s Improved to 44.18 s by same aircraft
1986-11-15 C-1 (3) Time to climb to 12,000 m 58.10 s Improved to 55.54 s by same aircraft
1986-11-15 C-1h (3) Time to climb to 12,000 m 58.10 s Improved to 55.54 s by same aircraft
1990-03-29 C-1h (3) Time to climb to 15,000 m with 1,000 kg payload 1 m 21.71 s Record
1993-05-20 C-1i (3) Time to climb to 15,000 m 2 m 6 s Record
1993-05-20 C-1i (3) Time to climb to 15,000 m with 1,000 kg payload 2 m 6 s Record
1993-05-20 C-1i (3) Maximum payload to 15,000 m 1,015 kg Record
1993-05-20 C-1i (3) Maximum altitude with 1,000 kg payload 22,250 m Record

Honours and awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pilots. Viktor Georgievich Pugachev". FlyMiG.com. FlyMiG.Com 2002–2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. ^ The Illustrated Directory of Fighters By Mike Spick