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Vladimir Y. Dobrovolsky

Vladimir Y. Dobrovolsky

Honoured test-pilot of the USSR (1977), captain (1963).

Vladimir Dobrovolsky was born on August 8, 1932, in Moscow. He was a son of test-pilot Y.A. Dobrovolsky, hero of the Soviet Union.

Since August, 1950 Vladimir Dobrovolsky was in the army. In 1953 he graduated from Kacha Military aviation school for pilots. Vladimir Dobrovolsky served in combatant forces of the Air Force (Soviet army group in Germany) and since December 1957 he was reserved. In 1959 he graduated from Test-Pilot School.

From August, 1959 to 1974 Vladimir Dobrovolsky was a test-pilot of Kuibyshev aircraft factory. He has lifted in the sky and carried out tests of Tu-95MR (November, 1962), first batch produced Tu-126 (on April 29, 1966; 2nd pilot) and Tu-154 (on December 26, 1969; 2nd pilot). He also took part in tests of batch produced Tu-95 (1959-1970), Tu-114 (1959-1965), Tu-126 (1966-1967), Tu-142 (1968-1972), Tu-154 (1970-1974) and their modifications.

From 1974 to March, 1990 Vladimir Dobrovolsky was a test-pilot of the Tupolev design bureau. He has carried out tests of Tu-142М, different modifications of Tu-95 and other airplanes; performed adjustment of Tu-95's refuelling system. He also was engaged in tests of Tu-154, Tu-154A and other aircraft. In total, he has mastered piloting of 32 types of airplanes.

Vladimir Dobrovolsky lived in Moscow. He died on July 20, 1995. He was buried in the village of Romashkovo in the Odintsovo district of the Moscow region.

Vladimir Dobrovolsky was awarded the Order of the October Revolution (1981), the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1971) and medals.