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Vladimir N. Matveev

Vladimir N. Matveev Vladimir N. Matveev

Hero of the Russian Federation (1996), honoured test-pilot of the USSR (1989), captain.

Vladimir Matveev was born on June 13, 1946 in the city of Grozny (the Chechen Republic). Since 1958 he lived in the city of Joshkar-Ola (Mari El Republic). In 1961-1963 he went in for glider sports in Yoshkar-Ola aero club.

Since 1963 Vladimir Matveev was in the army. In 1967 he graduated from Orenburg Higher Military aviation school for pilots and stayed there as a flight instructor. Since September, 1971 he was reserved.

In 1973 Vladimir Matveev graduated from Test-Pilot School, and in 1975 - from Moscow Aviation Institute.

From April, 1973 to 1999, Vladimir Matveev was engaged in flight-test work at  Tupolev design bureau (in 1990-1993 - chief of the design bureau's flight service). He has lifted in the sky and carried out tests of Tu-160/2 (on October 6, 1984; 2nd pilot), the first Tu-160 produced at Kazan Aviation Factory (on October 10, 1984), Tu-204 (on January 2, 1989; 2nd pilot), the first Tu-204 produced at Ulyanovsk Aviation Factory (on March 16, 1991; 2nd pilot). He also took part in tests of Tu-22М3 supersonic bomber, Tu-134, Tu-154 jet passenger airplanes, Tu-144 supersonic passenger airplane and other aircraft.

In 1990 Vladimir Matveev established 9 world aviation records of speed on Tu-160 as a second pilot.

Vladimir Matveev lives in the city of Zhukovsky of Moscow region. He works at Moscow Club of Heroes of the Soviet Union, Heroes of the Russian Federation and Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory as the vice-chairman within Moscow region.

Vladimir Matveev was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honour, the Gold Star medal.