Died test pilot Stepan Mikoyan

Stepan Mikoyan

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MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. Test pilot, Hero of Soviet Union Stepan Mikoyan died on 95-th year of life, reports a press-service of the Corporation “MiG”.

“On March 24 2016, in the 95th year, died the Hero of Soviet Union, honored test pilot of the USSR, Lieutenant General of aviation Stepan anastasovich Mikoyan”, – stated in the message.

He was born July 12, 1922 in Tbilisi (Georgia) in the family of a Soviet statesman and a future Hero of Socialist Labor – Anastas Mikoyan. Father Stephen was the brother of the famous Soviet aircraft designer Artem Mikoyan. Anastas Mikoyan was the head of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in 1964-1965.

Stepan Mikoyan in 1941 he graduated from the Kachin military aviation school of pilots, and in December of the same year went to the front. During the great Patriotic war, fought as a fighter pilot.

In 1951 he graduated from air force engineering Academy named after N. E. Zhukovsky and went in flight test work at the air force Institute. For 23 years, experienced combat MiGs. In 1975, for carrying out state tests of the MiG-25 was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Mikoyan flew until 1978. A total of 102 have mastered the type of aircraft, including the MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-27.