(31. 1. 1910 - 28. 4. 1993)
Mr. rizodubova Valentina S. - Soviet aviator - the first woman awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Born January 31, 1910 in Kharkov (Ukraine) in the family of the famous aircraft designer and inventor of Stepan Vasilyevich Grizodubova. Russian. Member of the CPSU since 1941. Graduated from the Penza Aero Club in 1929. She practiced the sport of gliding, worked as an instructor pilot in the Tula Aviation School. In 1934-1935 Б┬ pilot agiteskadrili Gorky at the Central Airport.
In the Soviet Army in 1936. In 1937, aircraft UT-1, UT-2 and AIR-12 established a 5 world aviation records of height, speed and range.
. 24 Б┴┬ 25 September 1938 as commander of the crew on the ANT-37 "Rodina" (co-pilot Б┬ PD Osipenko, . navigator Б┬ MM Raskova) flew non-stop flight from Moscow to the Far East (Kirby), . set a world record for female flight range (for 26 hours, 29 minutes, covered a distance of 6450 km).,
. W and execution of this flight and for displaying courage and heroism on Nov. 2, 1938 Grizodubova Valentina S. Hero of the Soviet Union.
. Б┬ Since 1939 Head of the international air services of the USSR.
. The participant of Great Patriotic War, March 1942
. In March 1942-October 1943 Б┬ Commander 101 th Transportation Aviation Regiment from October 1943 Б┬ commanding 31-Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment (Long-Range Aviation). Personally, Colonel Grizodubova flew over 200 sorties, including at night bombardment (flight 132), as well as delivering the front line of ammunition and military supplies.
Since 1946 Б┬ in stock. Б┬ Since 1946, deputy chief of NII-17 on the flight of. Personally participated in test flights to test and fine-tuning developed in NII-17 radar equipment. In 1963-1972 Chief of Flight Test Center Research Institute. Б┬ Since 1972, deputy chief of the Moscow Research Institute of Instrumentation, the flight of the. Member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR 1-th convocation.
W tion of Hero of Socialist Labor Grizodubova VS. awarded 6 January 1986 for his long valiant work.
She lived in Moscow. Died April 28, 1993. She was buried in Moscow, the Novodevichy cemetery.
. She was awarded 2 orders of Lenin, the Order of the October Revolution, 2 Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree, Order of Labor Red Banner, Red Star and medals.
. Honorary Citizen of Penza
. In Moscow, a monument, at the house where she lived Б┬ plaque. In 1972 in Kharkov in the flat Grizodubova opened museum of aviation history.
Biography provided by A. Simonov