Béla Magyari

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Béla Magyari in 2014

Béla Magyari (8 August 1949 – 23 April 2018[1]) was Colonel of the Hungarian Air Force. He graduated from the György Kilián Air Force Academy in 1969.

Born in Kiskunfélegyháza, he was selected as backup for Bertalan Farkas (the first Hungarian cosmonaut who later flew to space) on Soyuz 36,[2] but he himself never flew.[3] He graduated from the Budapest Technical University in 1986. He spent his active career as an aeronautical engineer and pilot. He was also President of the Hungarian Astronautical Society and worked for the Hungarian Space Office.[4]


  1. ^ Elhunyt Magyari Béla kiképzett űrhajós, index.hu; accessed 23 April 2018. (in Hungarian)
  2. ^ "Human Spaceflights". spacefacts.de. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Egy napig voltam a Magyar Népköztársaság első számú űrhajósa - interjú Magyari Béla mérnök-ezredessel (I was the number one astronaut of the Hungarian Republic for one day - Interview with Béla Magyari)" (in Hungarian). origo.hu. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  4. ^ "A magyar űrkutatás hírei – 2006. II. negyedév". Hungarian Space Office. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

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