Mikhail Gromov (aviator)

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Mikhail Gromov
Михаи́л Гро́мов
Gromov Mihail Mihajlovich 1934.jpg
Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gromov, 1934
Full nameMikhail Mikhaylovich Gromov
Born(1899-02-23)23 February 1899
Tver, Tver Governorate, Russian Empire
Died22 January 1985(1985-01-22) (aged 85)
Resting placeNovodevichy Cemetery
MonumentsZhukovsky, Russia at the headquarters of the Gromov Flight Research Institute
Aviation career
Known forEstablishing a new non-stop flight distance record
of 12411 kilometers (6,306 mi) from Moscow
to San Jacinto, California, U.S
First flight1917
Farman IV
Famous flights
Flight license1918
Air forceImperial Russian Army
Soviet Air Forces
RankRAF AF F8ColGen since 2010par.svg General-Polkovnik of aviation (1944)
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Order of Lenin (4)
Order of the October Revolution
Order of Red Banner (4)
Order of Suvorov (2nd class)
Order of the Patriotic War
Order of the Red Star
National Order of the Legion of Honour

Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gromov (Russian: Михаи́л Миха́йлович Гро́мов; 23 February 1899 – 22 January 1985) was a Russian and Soviet military aviator, test pilot, researcher, and Hero of the Soviet Union.[1]


Mikhail Gromov's father, Mikhail Konstantinovich Gromov, was of noble intelligentsia, served as military medic. His mother, Lyubov Ignatyevna Andreeva, was from peasant family, had obstetrician training.

Mikhail Gromov spent his childhood in Kaluga, Rzhev[2], Myza-Raevo (near Moscow)[3].

He graduated from Voskresensky Real School in Moscow, in 1916-1917 he studied in IMTS. In 1917 Mikhail Gromov graduated from aviation theoretical courses at IMTS and started his army service.

Upon graduation from the Moscow Central Aviation School in 1918 serves as a flight instructor and military pilot. In 1923 Mikhail Gromov won Soviet championship in weightlifting (heavy body mass, over 82,5 kg). Since 1925 started working as a test pilot testing the aeroplanes designed by Andrei Tupolev and Nikolai Polikarpov in Air Force Research Institute. Later (from 1930 to 1941) he worked in the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute and became chief-pilot .[4] On 25 April 1927 made the first Soviet parachute jump out of a Polikarpov I-1 under testing that had entered an unrecoverable spin.[5]

In June-September 1925 flew the Polikarpov R-1 in the long-haul group flight of nine aeroplanes on the route Moscow-Beijing-Tokyo. On 30 August 1926 started and completed in 3 days a 7,150 kilometers (4,440 mi) European promotional flight in a Tupolev ANT-3 on the route Moscow-Königsberg-Berlin-Paris-Rome-Vienna-Prague-Warsaw-Moscow.

On September 10-12, 1934 Mikhail Gromov together with A. I. Filin and I. T. Spirin in a Tupolev ANT-25 made a record closed-circle non-stop flight by the route Moscow-Ryazan-Kharkov (12,411 kilometers in 75 hours). He was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union for this deed.

On 12–14 July 1937 together with A. B. Yumashev and S. A. Danilin established a new non-stop flight distance record of 10,148 kilometers (6,306 mi) from Moscow to San Jacinto, US, via the North Pole in a Tupolev ANT-25.[6]

He used his influence and renown among the government to attain reconsideration of Sergei Korolev's case, which resulted in his transfer from prison camp at Kolyma to TsKB-29.

From March to August 1941 he was the first director of the Flight Research Institute, a flight research and testing centre in Zhukovsky. The name of M. M. Gromov was awarded to the institute in 1991 to celebrate 50th anniversary of the institute.

During the World War II he took command of several units:

  • From December 1941 to February 1942 Gromov was commander of 31st Mixed Aviation Division (Kalinin Front).
  • From February to May 1942 he was commander of the Air Force of Kalinin Front.
  • From May 1942 to May 1943 he took command of the 3rd Air Army.
  • From May 1943 to June 1944 - commander of the 1st Air Army.
  • From 1944 to 1946 Mikhail Gromov was head of the Main Department of combat training of frontline aviation of the Air Force.

After the war Mikhail Gromov was deputy commander of the Long-Range Aviation from 1946 to 1949. Later, till 1955, he was head of Department of flight service of Ministry of Aviation Industry. In 1955 he was discharged.

Since 1937 to 1946 Mikhail Gromov was deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (1st convocation).

In late 1940th initiated the establishment of the Fedotov Test Pilot School.[7]

From 1959 to 1961 Mikhail Gromov headed the Weightlifting Federation of USSR.

Gromov dwelt in Moscow. Gromov's wife, Nina Georgievna Gromova (1922-2019), was an equestrian sportswoman[8]. He is buried at Novodevichy Cemetery.



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The Gromov Medal was established in March 2011 by the Gromov Flight Research Institute as a highest corporate award in memory of the founder of the institute. [9]


  1. ^ "Громов Михаил Михайлович". www.warheroes.ru. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  2. ^ "Открытие памятника Герою СССР М.М. Громову". rjev.bezformata.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  3. ^ Gromov, Mikhail (2005). На земле и в небе. Moscow: Гласность-АС. ISBN 5-85868-004-6.
  4. ^ Громов, Михаил (1986). Через всю жизнь [Through the Whole Life] (in Russian). Москва: Молодая гвардия. p. 190.
  5. ^ Gunston, Bill (1995). The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft 1875–1995. London: Osprey. ISBN 1-85532-405-9., pp. 286-287.
  6. ^ Gromov, M. M. (1939). Across the North pole to America. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House. p. 38.
  7. ^ Знаменская, Наталья, ed. (2002). ШЛИ со временем [ShLI in Time] (in Russian) (2 ed.). Жуковский: ООО "Редакция газеты "Жуковские вести". p. 400.
  8. ^ "Легенды не стареют! Нина Георгиевна Громова снова в седле". Equnews.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  9. ^ "Establishing the Gromov Medal". www.lii.ru (in Russian). Gromov Flight Research Institute. 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2017.

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