(29. 7. 1914 - 1. 12. 1972)
By ovals Valentin - Test Pilot. Born July 29, 1914 in Baku (Azerbaijan). Russian. In 1931 he graduated from the gliding school in the town of Mineral Waters of the Stavropol Territory. In 1933 he graduated from trade schools and the Aero Club of Baku, was left in him an instructor pilot. After graduating from high school a body flight in 1934 was a glider instructor at Baku Aeroclub. In 1937 he graduated from the school Bataisk pilots GVF. He worked as a pilot and flight commander training squadron Yenisei squadron GVF.
In the Soviet army from 1942. Member of the Great Patriotic War: September 1942-March 1945 pilot БT , . commander, . deputy squadron commander of 101 th (186 th Guards) Aviation Regiment (Long-Range Aviation), . in March-May 1945 БT squadron commander, 31-Guards Aviation Regiment (Long-Range Aviation),
. During the war, made 194 sorties.
Since 1946 БT in stock. He worked at the power plant.
In 1947-1950 БT Test Pilot NII-17 (Scientific Research Institute of the Ministry of Radio), was engaged in testing of various radar systems in aircraft. In 1949 he graduated from the training test pilots. In 1950-1955 БT in flight test work in the Flight Research Institute. He participated in a number of testing on aircraft and helicopters. In 1955-1962 БT Test Pilot TUPOLEV. Rise into the sky and tested the Tu-16R, Tu-98, Tu-22B, participated in the trials of TU-104 on the critical conditions, development of air refueling aircraft Tu-16. In 1957-1960 set 22 world aviation records (of which 6 БT as co-pilot), speed, range and carrying capacity on the Tu-104A, Tu-104B and Tu-104E.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Valentin Kovalev was awarded on Oct. 5, 1960 for their courage and heroism shown during the trial of a new aviation technology.
. Since 1962 he worked as an engineer in the OKB.
. He lived in the town of Zhukovsky, Moscow region, in recent years БT in Moscow (in Smolenskaya street)
. Died Dec. 1, 1972. He was buried in Moscow on Vagankovskoye cemetery.
W asluzhenny Test Pilot USSR (1963), Captain. Awarded 2 orders of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner, Red Star, 2 orders of Honor Б• Б•L, with medals.
Biography provided by A. Simonov