Nikolai Sutyagin. Biography. Fighting. Photo.
Nikolai Sutyagin. Biography. Fighting. Photo.

Nikolai Sutyagin. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. Awards. Photo.

Nicholas owns almost all records of air battles on jet technology. He was able to win the most wins - 21. Sutyagin shot down 19 jet aircraft. He achieved the best result in one-month fights in the air - 5 shot down Americans. AT US Air Force there was no pilot, and a close equal to Nikolai Sutyagin in skill and courage in a "reactive" war.

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The same day in March, the pilots 1951 303-th Air Division remember - an unusual order came to the headquarters of the compound. He urgently demanded to disassemble all the aircraft, in parts to put in boxes. The order is an order, and the pilots, the techies, began dismantling the aircraft. Rumors roamed the most different. Some claimed that there would be a redeployment of the division. Others, on the contrary, believed that the planes were still moving not by land, but by air, therefore the assembled MIGs would obviously be sold.

About a month later the pilots 17-th Regiment, Nikolai Sutyagin was one of them, on alert. Gathered in the headquarters reported: a day depart to China on a business trip. On the day charges.

The Soviet pilots met the Mukden airfield. A new order followed: collect the planes, fly around them. It became clear to everyone that ahead of Korea - by that time the war on the peninsula was in full swing. Formally, the USSR did not participate in it, but actively helped North Korea with equipment and weapons.

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In Mukden from the Andun border airfield with Korea, the news reached that the pilots of the Kozhedub division, which arrived a little earlier, are already fighting with the Americans. Soon, the 303 Division also departed for Andong. In air fights Sutyagin entered almost without swinging. The first combat mission occurred on June 14, and on June June, 19 opened the scoring for victories in the “reactive” war. His prey became F-86 "Sabre" - the newest fighter advertised by the Americans, our pilots at first were afraid of these aircraft.

Throughout the division, they envied Sutyagin's ability to fight the Americans. For Nicholas, the 51 summer was productive - the 6 shot down American planes, the autumn was still more productive - the 8 destroyed. In December, Sutyagin was able to win 5 air victories. At the beginning of the next year, he began to take off less frequently, he was entrusted, as an ace, to perform before the second-tier pilots preparing for battles. But in January of 52, he was able to shoot down an 3 aircraft.

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Total Nikolai Sutyagin made 149 flights, conducted 66 fights, knocked 21 aircraft - the highest result of the war.

The life of the first "reactive" ace after this war was as follows. In 1956, he graduated from the Air Force Academy. In 1964-m Military headed Kharkov Higher School of Pilots. In 1970, Nikolay was sent as a military adviser to Vietnam. He retired to the reserve, being in the rank of Major General in 1978. His fate is interesting, saturated, bright.

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