(5. 5. 1909 - 12. 7. 1984)
By aprelyan Raphael I. - Test Pilot. Born May 5, 1909 in Baku (Azerbaijan). The Armenian. In 1926 he graduated from the Baku industrial-economic college. In 1927-1929 he studied at the Azerbaijan Polytechnic Institute in 1932 graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Engineers GVF. In 1932 he worked as an engineer in the General Office of the Civil Air Fleet, in 1932-1933 БT in the Leningrad Institute of Engineers GVF.
In 1934 he graduated from flight school Bataisk GVF. In 1934-1935 БT pilot-instructor at the Leningrad Institute of engineers GVF. In 1935-1941 worked as a pilot in the Moscow Office of the GVF.
In the Soviet army from 1941. Member of the Great Patriotic War: November 1941-May 1943 БT commander of the Moscow Office of the special formations GVF. January 28, 1942 was shot down over enemy territory and captured. In August 1942, escaped from captivity and until October 23, 1942 fought a guerrilla. In May 1943-February 1944 БT inspector pilot technique 73rd auxiliary air division (Long-Range Aviation), in March 1944-May 1945 БT commanding 89-second transport aviation regiment (Long-Range Aviation). Altogether during the war has made 89 sorties deep into the rear of the enemy for paratroop landings on the front line for delivery of ammunition and weapons.
Since 1945, Lieutenant Colonel Kaprelyan RI. БT in stock. In 1945-1947 worked as a pilot re-Moscow Office of the GVF. In 1947-1950 БT Test Pilot Flight Research Institute. In 1950-1953 he worked at the aircraft factory Б•¬ 82 (Tushino). In 1953-1968 БT chief test pilot Mil Design Bureau. Rise into the sky and tested the Mi-6 helicopters and Mi-10 participated in the testing of the Mi-2, the Mi-4, Mi-8 and Mi-10K. In the 1956-1962 set 8 world aviation records (including 1 БT co-pilot) speed and load of helicopter Mi-4 and MI-6.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Raphael Ivanovich Kaprelyanu conferred May 15, 1975 for their courage and heroism, . displayed in the Great Patriotic War and in testing new aircraft technology.,
. Lived in Moscow
. Died July 12, 1984. He is buried in Moscow on Kuntsevo Cemetery.
Honored Test Pilot of the USSR (1961), master of sports of international class of the USSR (1969). Awarded 2 orders of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner, World War 1-st degree, 2 orders of Red Banner of Labor, 2 orders of Red Star, Order of Honor Б-= Бv=, medals.
Biography provided by A. Simonov