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Alexander A. Artyukhin

Alexander A. Artyukhin

Hero of the Russian Federation (1996), honoured test-pilot of the USSR (1989), reserved senior lieutenant (1977).

Alexander Artyukhin was born on April 15, 1939 in Moscow. When he was a child he lived in Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Bendery, Astrakhan, Ulyanovsk. In 1956 he graduated from Ulyanovsk aero club. He worked as an operator at the railway. Since 1957 he lives in Moscow. He also worked as a communication electrician at the railway.

From 1958 to 1961 Alexander Artyukhin was in the army (in internal military forces). In 1967, he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute. Along with the study he went in for aircraft and glider sports in MAI aero club, where he was a flight instructor.

In 1967-1970 Alexander Artyukhin worked as an engineer and an engineer-experimenter in the Flight Research Institute n.a. M.M. Gromov. He took part in a number of test works on An-12, Tu-104 and Tu-124. Along with the work he performed flights in Zhukovsky and Kolomna aero clubs. In 1968, he graduated from Kostroma DOSAAF educational and training aviation centre.

In 1971 Alexander Artyukhin graduated from the navigator department of Test-Pilot School. From February, 1971 to December, 1973 he was a test-navigator of Tupolev design bureau. He took part in tests of Tu-22M supersonic combat aircraft, Tu-128, Tu-134, Tu-154 and their modifications.

In 1975 Alexander Artyukhin graduated from the airplane department of Test-Pilot School. From 1975 to 1996 he was a test-pilot of Tupolev design bureau. He has lifted in the sky and carried out tests of Tu-95VK (1976; 2nd pilot) and Tu-95MA (1983) combat aircraft. He also took part in tests of Tu-22M supersonic bomber (1975-1977), Tu-144 supersonic passenger plane (1977), Tu-154 jet passenger plane, Tu-142MK, Tu-142LL, Tu-95K, Tu-95MS and other airplanes.

Alexander Artyukhin has established 3 world aviation records of altitude and climb rate (two of them - as a 2nd pilot) on Tu-142LL (1990) airplane.

Alexander Artyukhin lived in Moscow. He died on March 3, 2010. Alexander Artyukhin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1981) and medals.