Pilots heroes. Pilots. Military pilots.


Pilots, like an aircraft, are divided into military and civilian, their occupation corresponds to this distinction. A pilot is one of the heroic professions, no matter what means of transportation he uses to accomplish deeds and feats - a helicopter or an airplane, the fact remains.

Perhaps, in our time, the images of heroes for boys and young people have changed, but it will never be superfluous to go back in time and look at the faces of real heroes. Read the article, learn about the exploits accomplished by them, and at the same time get acquainted with the era in which the heroes lived, devoting their lives to people living at that time, and even today.  

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Scrolling through the pages of this chapter, you can get acquainted with many hero pilots who defended their homeland from enemies, received awards for this repeatedly, in the form of orders and medals. By the way, samples of orders and medals can also be found in this section, they are shown at the end of the biography of the pilots.

Of course, the most active period in the birth of heroes is the war period and there is nothing you can do about it, but sometimes there are pilots assigned to awards in peacetime, for example, for saving passengers.


It is thanks to such headings that we do not forget our history, we honor the people who have made a contribution to its positive outcome. So section (Pilots heroes, pilots, military pilots) Is presented below.

A country / years


Short description

 1916 - 1968 Grigory Ges Soviet pilot ace, Hero of the Soviet Union.
 1916-1991 Alexander Karasev Nikitivich

Soviet military leader, fighter pilot, participant and veteran of the Great Patriotic War.

 1920 - 1991 Ivan Kozhedub Lieutenant General of Aviation. Ivan Kozhedub three times hero of the Soviet Union. First class military pilot.
 1921-1993 Dokashenko Nicholas G. Soviet flying ace, Hero of the Soviet Union. Member of the Great Patriotic War, Soviet-Japanese and Korean wars.
 1922 - 1968 Vladimir S. Seregin 170 successful sorties, dogfighting 19, 3 downed aircraft, destroyed a lot of ground equipment and manpower of the enemy.
 1923 - 1985
Red Star (twice), Red Banner (three times); He awarded the medal "For Service in Battle"
 1923 - 1998 Bokach Boris Soviet military pilot, ace. 6 victories.
 1923 - 2000
July 14 1953 was for heroism and courage in the fighting, Major Boytsov named a Hero of the country
 1924 - 1945
Nicholas constantly takes on a flight four-legged friend.
 1924 - 1998
He is the author of the biographical book "The Unknown War".
 1922 - 1995 Bahai Stepan Antonovich Military pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union. 
 1923 - n. Sergei Kramarenko Makarovich The pilot, Hero of the country, Major General Aviation.
 1924 - 1981 Galyshevsky Ivan Participant in the Korean conflict, castle regiment. 
 1937-1973 Gennady Eliseev Castle Squadron 982-34-th Regiment th Fighter Transcaucasian military district, Captain. Hero of the Soviet Union.
 1923 - 1951 Shatalov Herman T. He fought in Korea, was an ace. Shot down a large number of fighters. 
 1923-2009 Leo K. Shchukin Commander, senior lieutenant, Hero of the Soviet Union. 
 1919-1998 Morels Alexander Pavlovich He graduated from the Kachinsky Aviation School. He worked as an instructor pilot. Participated in the Patriotic War. Was engaged in aerial reconnaissance.
 1921-1996 Subbotin Serafim Pavlovich He was the commander of a machine gun platoon. He graduated from the aviation school. Soon became the captain. 
 1923-1986 Nikolai Sutyagin Record holder in air combat on jet technology. For a month shot down 5 American aircraft. 
 20-1953 Fedoretc Semyon After flying club became a student of the Odessa school of pilots. He scored a debut victory, knocking F-86.
 1954-80 Valentin Kulyapin He studied at the Military Aviation School. The second Soviet pilot. Received the title of Hero of the Country. 
 1920-00 Stepan Naumenko He studied at the Leningrad Aviation Technical School. He graduated from the Birsk military school of pilots. For his merits and achievements he received the title of Hero of the Country. 
 1918-90 Pepeliaev Eugene G. He graduated from a technical college course of Omsk. He entered the Odessa aviation school. The hero of the country.
 1922-10 Dmitry Samoilov He studied at the flying club. He graduated from the Kachin Aviation School. Participated in 60 air battles. He received many awards and medals, as well as the title of Hero of the Country. 
Mohammed Mahmoud Allam. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo. 4 1935 - 2013

Mohammed Mahmoud Allam

Brigadier General. He received awards for battle during the Indo-Pakistani War 1965 year and the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Mohammed Mahmoud Allam. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo. 4 50-80-e

Khalid Mahmood 

Highest Pakistani pilot, shot down four enemy aircraft f-16.
Mohammed Mahmoud Allam. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo. 4 20-e-1956 Alauddin Ahmed Made 20 sorties to storm troops in India. Destroyed several dozen enemy military equipment. 
Mohammed Mahmoud Allam. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo. 4 20-e-1965 Munir-ud-Din Ahmed Made 8 successful sorties. Shot down the plane of the Indians. 
Mohammed Mahmoud Allam. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo. 4 1951-1971 Rashid Minhas During the flights, he performed many effective actions. For heroism Rashid was awarded the Medal of Honor by the President of Pakistan
Vinod Kumar NEB. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo. 4 50-80-e

Vinod Kumar NEB

One of the young pilots during the Indo-Pakistan war. During the fighting, to fly on the "Hunter".
Vinod Kumar NEB. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo. 4 1935 - 1967 Prakash Rao Sadashiv Pingali Indian pilot. He was shot down by a fighter with his partner. 
Vinod Kumar NEB. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo. 4 1919 - n. Arjan Singh

Awarded the Order of Padma Vibhushan, received the title of Marshal of Aviation. 

James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 1930-1966 James Dzhebara ( "jab") Well-trained pilot, part of the Korean War. He won the first victory in a jet fighter. 
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 1925-1954 Joe McConnell The navigator of the bomber during the war with the Nazis. Soon became an outstanding ace in the Korean conflict. 
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 1930-1965 Robinson Risner ( "Robbie") Shot down several fighters in China. Ac. The last ammunition shot down the enemy vessel. He participated in the battles in Vietnam. 
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 1922-2007 Robin Olds Brigadier General, Head of the US Air Force Academy. 
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 1942-n. Richard Ritchie ( "Steve") During the fighting, several MiGs shot down. After leaving office he was engaged in political activities in 1974 year.
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 50-00-e Randall Cunningham ( "Duke") Military ace. Shot down planes opponents. After the war he became an instructor, was engaged in military planning. 
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 30-e-1979 Wayne Peak He served in the US Air Force units located in Israel. Got the nickname "rescuer pilots." 
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 1921-n.

John Glenn

American hero. After being selected as an astronaut, he traveled to space. 
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 30-00-e

Lou Lenart

Pilot. Shot down several enemy planes. After the flight activity, he organized his own airline company. He became a coach, made a film. 
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 1925-1994

Harold Fisher ( "Hal")

He graduated from flight school. Commits flights to Korea from the airbase, which was on the distribution. He was captured by Chinese soldiers.
James Jabara ("Jabby"). Biography. Combat action. A photo. 4 1922-1952

George Andrew Davis

During the first flights shot down seven Japanese fighters, was awarded the Silver Star. He received the rank of major. He was shot down in battle at the age of 30. 
Moshe Melnik. Biography. Fighting. A photo. 4 1946 - n.

Moshe Miller

Squadron lock, shot down several Syrian MiGs. In 1976, the year was removed from the flight. 
Moshe Melnik. Biography. Fighting. A photo. 4 1928-2002

Benjamin Peled 

One of the best Israeli pilots. He was appointed commander of the air base. After the end of his flying career, Beni became the director of one of the large enterprises. 
 40-e-00-e Nguyen Van Bai One of the most famous North Vietnamese aces. During the period of flight activity 7 was won victories over the Americans. 
 1940 - 1970 Nguyen Van Coc Vietnamese ace, during the war shot down seven planes.
 1947-n. Pham Tuan He served as a technician in aviation. He graduated from the Air Force Academy. 
Danny Wilson. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo. 4 20-e-90-e Danny Wilson He flew in the 411 squadron, won many victories over opponents. After the cessation of flight activity, he returned to Canada and worked as a pilot in forest conservation. 
Danny Wilson. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo. 4 20-e-90-e John McElroy Shot down German Bf-109. After the war, he joined the Air Force reserve. He served as an instructor in the 421-th Air Division. 
Eddie Cohen. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo. 3 20-e-1948 Eddie Cohen Participated in the first departure of the Israeli Air Force. He flew a small transport. During one of the flights, Eddie made a mistake at the airfield and landed on the one that was captured by opponents. 
Eddie Cohen. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo. 3 20-e-80-e Sid Cohen Sid, leaving medical education, joined the South African Air Force. He flew in the 4-th squadron. 
Danilo Atiensa. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo. 4 50-e-90-e Danilo Atiensa In 1989, he became the hero of the Philippines, received an officer rank. 
Danilo Atiensa. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo. 4 40-th-1974 Antonio Bautista The commander of the 9 Squadron, made 5 heroic attacks on the target. Awarded a star for bravery. 
Ayhid Salah al-Shamrani. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo. 4 70-e-00-e Salah el Ayhid Shot down F-15 fighters owned by Iraq. Attacked coalition troops. 
Alvaro Prendes Quintana. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. Photo. 4 1928-90 Alvaro Prendes Quintana Entered the infantry school, having finished it, went to study at the flight school. Passed retraining in jet aircraft. He received a lieutenant rank. 
Alvaro Prendes Quintana. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. Photo. 4 30-e-1961 Luis Alfonso Silva Tablada He graduated from the school of pilots. During the war with the Germans performed patrol flights. After the victory, he headed the squadron B-26. 


Heroes pilots


Profession - pilot - is not only romantic stories, chanting it in songs, and hard work, the daily risk and greater responsibility. Still, every second boy dreams of becoming a pilot and raise the sky a plane. And how not to dream when the sight of the great examples of people in this profession. Many of them, also once dreamed of becoming pilots, and certainly the heroes of the country, to receive awards, medals, that's just the price of these awards is too high.

Each of them has the right to be named and recognizable, but there is not enough runet space to give them all their due. But in the person of several contemporaries it is possible to remember each hero from the time of the first ascended into heaven.  

At the end of the last century Vladimir Sharpatov - pilot and crew commander of the Il-76 aircraft, has an award from the president for the courage and heroism shown by him during his escape from Afghanistan, where he and his team were prisoners for a whole year.

Vladimir Sharpatov received the “Hero of the Russian Federation” and “Gold Star”, and his co-pilot, Gazinur Khairullin, also became the Hero of the Russian Federation. His team - Navigator Zdora Alexander, radio operator Vshivtsev, leading engineers Sergei Butuzov, Viktor Ryazanov, flight engineer Askhat Abbyazov were awarded the Order of Courage for services to the fatherland.

Another legendary name of the pilot Hero of Russia - Apakidze Timur - Honored Military Pilot of Russia, the first among the pilots of naval aviation to receive his Hero of Russia award. Died 12 years ago at the 85th anniversary of the naval aviation, during ceremonial performances. He was awarded the “Golden Star” of the Hero of the Russian Federation, the Order of the Third Degree for Service “For Service to the Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR” and “For Personal Courage”, the Medal “For Military Merit”, streets are named after him.

It would seem that the phrase pilots - heroes is forever associated with war and in peacetime there is simply no place for it, but even today there are pilots who have received the title of honorary "Hero of Russia. These are the pilots who are in a difficult situation, thanks to impossible efforts, forgetting about themselves, they acted in the interests of people's lives.

Every year there are more and more such heroes. On the one hand - this is, of course, fortunately - for those people who were on the plane at that time, and on the other - due to technical malfunctions of air machines, heroism becomes somehow forced.

For example, in the Komi Republic, the Tu-154 winged aircraft was obliged to make an emergency landing, and thanks to the pilots and the valiant team, none of the people were injured, although there were more than seventy passengers on board. Pilots Andrew Lamanova and Evgeny Novoselov, awarded the title of Hero of Russia, and the team members received the Order of Courage. This situation was caused by problems with the onboard batteries, the plane had to make its way from the "Polyarny" airport to the Moscow "Domodedovo" airport, but did not have time. 

Unfortunately, the reward is not all pilots alive and in good health.

23 2012 year June last year during the test work MiG-29KUB not returned home pilots - heroes Alexander and Oleg Kruzhalin Match. Recent tests they conducted in the Astrakhan region, for which he received the title of Hero of Russia posthumously. His last flight they planted near the village, while not causing physical damage to a living soul. Eternal memory to them.

And how many survivors of the pilots did not receive awards, which, thanks to their courage and skill to land the plane in an emergency. Or are pilots who fought, but could not, unfortunately, to help themselves or passengers. Not enough pages to enumerate all and remember all the situations that are flying reel of film for years - ... .1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 ... cities and surnames. The commander-captain Andrew Churbanov and pilot-operator of senior lieutenant Oleh Tumakov died .... Not far from the Itum-Kale, killing the Hero of Russia Colonel Yuri Nikolaevich Yakimenko and the captain Oleg Podsitkov... The Su-17M3 plane crashed during testing, two pilots who tested it ... Pilot Dmitry Khrebtov died on training flights ...

There will be no end to the surnames of the test pilots, at the cost of their lives they test the reliability of steel birds, so that someone else, already on a more advanced model, could not only fly, but also live. Unfortunately, after 2013 there will be ellipsis again ...


Personality in the world of aviation

 1908-1984 Lyulka Arkhip Mikhailovich Leading scientist, designer of aircraft engines
 1911-1971 Mikhail Kuzmich Yangel An outstanding scientist and organizer of scientific research
 1907-1966 Korolev Sergei Pavlovich Designer spacecraft
The German military leader Field Marshal Aviation
The political, state and military leader of Nazi Germany, Reich Reich Ministry of Aviation
German military leader, Field Marshal General. Luftwaffe Inspector General. 
German pilot of the two world wars, the Chief of the Luftwaffe, Field Marshal Aviation



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