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Sergey T. Agapov

Sergey T. Agapov

Hero of the Soviet Union (1982), honoured test-pilot of the USSR (1976), major (1969), master of sports of international level (1983).

Sergey Agapov was born on September 24 1932 in the village of Varvarovka in Nizhne-Volzhskiy region (today there is no such territory - nowadays it is Hvalynski district of Saratov region). Since 1933, he lived in the city of Gorky (nowadays - Nizhny Novgorod). In 1949, he graduated from Gorky Special School of the Air Force.

Since August 1949 Sergey Agapov was in the army. In 1952, he graduated from Omsk Military aviation school for pilots and the Higher flight instructor school for officers (the city of Grozny). He was a flight instructor in: Omsk Military aviation school for pilots (1952-1953), Engels (Tambov) Military aviation school for pilots (1953-1957) and in Kamyshin Naval aviation school for pilots (1957-1959). Since June 1959 colonel Agapov was reserved.

In 1960 he graduated from the Test-Pilot School, and in 1966 - from Moscow Aviation Institute.

In 1960-1988 Sergey Agapov was a test-pilot of Tupolev design bureau. He has lifted in the sky and carried out tests of Tu-128LL prototype supersonic interceptor (1964); Tu-160/1 (1981; 2nd pilot), Tu-160/2 (1984) supersonic strategic bombers. He has carried out tests of Tu-128M (1970-1972), Tu-144D (1974-1978); tests of Tu-134A, Tu-154 jet passenger planes and Tu-16К jet bomber at critical modes; tests of K-80 rockets for Tu-104 (1961; 2nd pilot), has performed large amount of test works on Tu-144 - the first-ever supersonic passenger plane.

In 1983 he established 14 world aviation records of speed and loading capacity on Tu-144D.

Sergey Agapov lived in the city of Zhukovsky of the Moscow region. He died on May 4, 2006. He was buried at the Bykovskoe cemetery in Zhukovsky.

Sergey Agapov was awarded the Order of Lenin (1982), the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1972) and medals.