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Andrey I. Talalakin

Andrey I. Talalakin

Hero of the Russian Federation (1993), honoured test-pilot of the USSR (1984), reserved captain.

Andrey Talalakin was born on March 5, 1938 in Moscow. From 1955 to 1957 he worked as a mechanic at the aviation factory № 30 in Moscow.

In 1963 Andrey Talalakin graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute. Along with the study he went in for aircraft sports in MAI aero club. In 1963-1964 he worked as an engineer at the All-Union Research Institute for Heavy Engineering Industry.

In 1964 Andrey Talalakin graduated from the Central united flight-technical school of the DOSAAF (the city of Saransk) and stayed there as a flight instructor. In 1967-1968 he was a unit commander of the Central aeroclub n.a. V.P. Chkalov situated in Tushino district of Moscow.

In 1969 Andrey Talalakin graduated from the Test-Pilot School.

From December 1969 to 1996 Andrey Talalakin was a test-pilot of Tupolev design bureau. He has lifted in the sky (on April 15, 1988, as the 2nd pilot) and carried out tests of Tu-155 - the first domestic aircraft operating on liquid hydrogen, Tu-204 passenger jet (on February 2, 1989). He took part in tests of Tu-22M, Tu-95, Tu-160 bombers, Tu-142 anti-submarine airplane, Tu-104, Tu-124, Tu-134A, Tu-154 passenger aircraft and their modifications.

Andrey Talalakin lived in Moscow. After leaving test-pilot work he continued his service as a flight test leading engineer at Tupolev design bureau.

Andrey Talalakin died on April 17, 2000. He was buried at the Preobrazhenskoye cemetery in Moscow.

Vladimir Sevankaev was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1982) and medals.