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Alexey P. Yakimov

Alexey P. Yakimov

Hero of the Soviet Union (1966), honoured test-pilot of the USSR (1960), colonel (1955). Alexey Yakimov was born on January 24 (6), 1914 in the village of Verkh-Yayva which nowadays is in Alexandrovsk district (according to other sources, in the village of Ust-Surmog which nowadays is in Solikamsk district) of Perm region.

In 1934 he finished 3 courses of Ural Mining Institute.

Since August 1934 Alexey Yakimov was in the army. In 1937 he graduated from Orenburg Military aviation school for pilots and stayed there as a flight instructor. From March 1941 to May 1941 Alexey Yakimov was a flight instructor of Stalingrad Military aviation school for pilots. From May 1941 to November 1951 he was a test-pilot of the Flight Research Institute.

Alexey Yakimov has lifted in the sky and carried out tests of MiG-9 №2 with M-82 (August 25, 1941), I-222 ("3A" on July 5, 1944), I-225 ("5A" on July 21, 1944). He also took part in tests of MiG-3, I-220, I-250, Tu-4. He has carried out tests of La-5 (1942) and has also performed a number of tests on I-153, LaGG-3, MiG-9, MiG-15, Pe-2, Yak-1, Yak-3, Yak-7, Yak-9.

Alexey Yakimov was a participant of the Great Patriotic War: in July-August 1941 he was a pilot of the 2nd separate fighter air squadron (Air Defence of the city of Moscow). In total, he has performed 11 combat flights on MiG-3 for defending the sky of Moscow.

From November 1951 to 1954 Alexey Yakimov was a test-pilot of the design bureau OKB-30 (in the city of Moscow). He has carried out flight tests of radar of Il-12D (1953), speed target glider (1952-1953), Tu-4 paratroop variant (1953), different modifications of Li-2. From 1954 to April 1971 Alexey Yakimov was a test-pilot of Tupolev design bureau (in 1960-1971 he was a chief of the design bureau's flight service). He has lifted in the sky and carried out tests of Tu-114 (on November 15, 1957) and Tu-104E (1960). He has also performed tests of air refuelling of Tu-16 (1954-1955) and Tu-95 (1961); tests of NK-6 engine on Tu-95LL (1961).

Alexey Yakimov took part in tests of Tu-16, Tu-95, Tu-95LAL (1961), Tu-134 and their modifications. Since April 1971 he was reserved. He lived in the city of Zhukovsky of the Moscow region.

Alexey Yakimov died on March 10, 2006. He was buried at the Bykovskoe cemetery in Zhukovsky. Alexey Yakimov was awarded two Orders of Lenin (1959, 1966), Orders of the Red Banner (1954), Orders of the Patriotic War of the 1st class (1985) and the 2nd class (1944), five Orders of the Red Star (1947, 1948, 1950, 1957, 1961), medals. Alexey Yakimov was the Honourable citizen of Zhukovsky.