Vladimir Seryogin

Vladimir Sergeyevich Seryogin (Russian: Владимир Сергеевич Серёгин; 7 July 1922 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet test pilot.

Vladimir Seryogin
Владимир Сергеевич Серёгин
Born(1922-07-07)7 July 1922
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died27 March 1968(1968-03-27) (aged 45)
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Aviation career
BattlesWorld War II
RankPolkovnik (equiv. Colonel), Soviet Air Force

Vladimir Seryogin became a volunteer of the Red Army after grammar school. His flying abilities recognized, he was directed to piloting.[1] His performance on the Eastern Front of the Second World War resulted in his being awarded several medals including the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

After conclusion of the war Seryogin remained in the Soviet Air Force. After completing an engineering course, he went on to work as a test pilot for the Soviet Air Force Test Institute.[2] In addition, Seryogin was the commanding officer of the Cosmonauts' Flight Preparation organization.

On 27 March 1968, while on a routine training flight from Chkalovsky Air Base with his colleague and friend Yuri Gagarin—the first man ever to have flown in space—the MiG-15UTI they were piloting crashed near the town of Kirzhach. Both pilots were killed in the crash; their bodies were subsequently cremated and the ashes were buried in the walls of the Kremlin on Red Square.[3]


  1. ^ "Как погиб Юрий Гагарин" (in Russian). Свободная Пресса. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  2. ^ Каманин Н. П. Скрытый космос.
  3. ^ "From the Archives (March 29,1968): Gagarin killed in test flight". The Hindu. 2018-03-29. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-08-15.

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