Novodeveche Cemetery
Graves of famous Russians associated with aviation who are buried in this famous cemetery
Photos taken 18 October 2012 (in the rain).
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Three heros of the defence of Moscow, Dovator, Talalikhin and Panfilov. All three died in 1941 during the battle for Moscow.
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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."
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Semyon Alekseevich Lavochkin, fighter designer who designed famous piston-engine fighters during the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and some early jet fighters.
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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.
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Igor Sergeevich Shevchuk, who became General Designer (chief designer) of the Tupolev Design Bureau. He died rather young at the age of 58.
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German Titov, cosmonaut, the second person ever to orbit the earth in space.
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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.
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Arkhip Mikhailovich Lyulka, aircraft engine designer.
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Ivan Kozhedub, the most famous Soviet fighter pilot of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and three times Hero of the Soviet Union.
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Amet Khan Sultan, Soviet test pilot.
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The grave of Andrei Nikolaevich Tupolev, designer of bombers and transports, including the first supersonic transport to fly, the Tu-144.