Novodeveche Cemetery
Graves of famous Russians associated with aviation who are buried in this famous cemetery
Photos taken 18 October 2012 (in the rain).
Three heros of the defence of Moscow, Dovator, Talalikhin and Panfilov. All three died in 1941 during the battle for Moscow.
Grave of Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov, who designed the first fighter aircraft with retractable landing gear in the world (the pilot turned a crank to pull up or lower the wheels). His U-2 (Uchebnyy-2 -- Trainer-2) biplane, later called the Po-2, was still being used during the Korean War by "Bedcheck Charlie."
Semyon Alekseevich Lavochkin, fighter designer who designed famous piston-engine fighters during the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and some early jet fighters.
Mikhail Petrovich Simonov, aircraft designer who replaced Pavel Osipovich Sukhoi after the latter's death. Simonov was responsible for the design of the Su-27 (Flanker) fighter used today by Russia's air defense forces.
Igor Sergeevich Shevchuk, who became General Designer (chief designer) of the Tupolev Design Bureau. He died rather young at the age of 58.
German Titov, cosmonaut, the second person ever to orbit the earth in space.
Mikhail Mikhailovich Gromov, the second man to fly non-stop across the North Pole from one continent to another. In this case from Moscow to San Jacinto, California. It was the longest non-stop flight in history up to that time. The year was 1937. A month earlier, Valeriy Chkalov had flown from Moscow to Vancouver, Washinton, non-stop across the Pole.
Arkhip Mikhailovich Lyulka, aircraft engine designer.
Ivan Kozhedub, the most famous Soviet fighter pilot of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and three times Hero of the Soviet Union.
Amet Khan Sultan, Soviet test pilot.
The grave of Andrei Nikolaevich Tupolev, designer of bombers and transports, including the first supersonic transport to fly, the Tu-144.