Viktor Pugachyov

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Viktor Georgiyevich Pugachyov (Russian: Ви́ктор Гео́ргиевич Пугачёв) (born August 8, 1948 in Taganrog, RSFSR) was[1] a Soviet test pilot who was the first to demonstrate the so-called Pugachev's Cobra maneouvre to the general public in 1989, flying an Su-27. He was named Hero of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. He graduated from Yeysk military aviation school in 1970, test-pilot school in 1978 and the MAI (Moscow State Aviation Institute) in 1980. After two years with LII (Flight Research Institute named after M.M.Gromov) joined OKB Sukhoi where he tested the Su-9, Su-15, Su-24, Su-25 and the Su-27. On 1 November 1989 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]

Currently he lives in Zhukovsky and works as the Chief Pilot Designer at Sukhoi Design Bureau.

Record flights[edit]

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 awards[edit]

References[edit]

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