06/01/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/01/2018 08:51
The flight test center of the PJSC «Ilyushin Aviation Complex» in Zhukovsky city will be named after twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Honored Test Pilot of the USSR, Lenin Prize laureate Vladimir Kokkinaki.
«We plan to officially assign the name of Vladimir Kokkinaki to our flight test base in Zhukovsky city in June», - said Vice-President of the Transport Aviation of the «UAC», General Director of PJSC «Ilyushin Aviation Complex» Alexey Rogozin.
Vladimir Kokkinaki was the only test pilot who was twice awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union for flight test work.
V. K. Kokkinaki was called into the Red Army in 1925. In 1928 he graduated from the Leningrad Military-Theoretical School of the Air Force, in 1930 - Borisoglebsk Military Aviation School of Pilots. Served in combat units of the Air Force. Conducted state tests of I-16 and DI-4 fighters, participated in the state tests of the I-15 fighter.
From 1935 to 1964 - senior test pilot of the PJSC «Ilyushin Aviation Complex». Conducted test flights of attack aircraft IL-2, IL-10, bombers DB-3, IL-4, IL-22, IL-28, IL-30, IL-46, IL-54, passenger aircraft IL-12, IL-14, IL-18, IL-62 and their modifications.
V. K. Kokkinaki performed the complete loop on a twin-engine TsKB-26 (ЦКБ-26) aircraft for the first time in Russia. In 1938, on plane TsKB-30 (ЦКБ-30) with navigator A.M. Bryandinsky made a non - stop flight from Moscow to the Russian Far East (Spassk-Dalniy Primorsky Territory) with a length of 7,580 km. On the plane TsKB-30 «Moscow' (ЦКБ-30 «Москва») with navigator M.Kh. Gordienko made a non-stop flight Moscow - Novgorod - Helsinki - Trondheim - Iceland island - Cape Farvel (Greenland) - island Misako in the United States. The length of the route was 6,516 km.
During the Great Patriotic War Vladimir Kokkinaki combined the work of the test pilot, the chief of the Main Quality Inspection of the People's Commissar of the Aircraft Industry and the head of the flight test service of the aviation industry.