Died Creator of the aircraft An-124 “Ruslan” and An-225 “Mriya” Victor Tolmachev
TASS, June 7 — he has died on 84-m to year of life after heavy illness.
Soviet and Russian aircraft, one of the founders of An-124 “Ruslan” and An-225 “Mriya” has died on 84-m to year of life.
On Thursday the General Director of the Aviation complex. Ilyushin Aleksey Rogozin.
“Today, after a serious illness died one of the founders of the An-124 “Ruslan” and An-225 “Mriya” chief designer Viktor Tolmachev”, — he wrote, adding that the aircraft has died after a long illness.
An-124 “Ruslan” — the Soviet, and later Ukrainian long-range heavy transport turbojet aircraft.
Before the advent of the Antonov An-225 “Mriya”, An-124 was the world’s largest serial cargo aircraft.
Victor Tolmachev was one of the main designers of both aircraft.
In 1971 he was the lead designer of the project An-124, and in 1985 was appointed chief designer and his derivative — shestidesyatnikov An-225 “Mriya”.
He also participated in the development and creation of virtually all aircraft under the name “Antonov” and their modifications — an-2, An-14, An-8, An-10, An-12, An-24, An-22, An-26, An-32, An-28.