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In Crimea, at the Belbek airfield, a ceremony was held to unveil a monument dedicated to the Commander of Aviation of the USSR Air Defense Forces Colonel-General of Aviation Nikolai Ivanovich Moskvitelev.

The celebration was held under the leadership of Colonel Maxim Yurchenkov, commander of the mixed aviation division of the Air Force and Air Defense Association of the Southern Military District (YuVO). The event was attended by servicemen of the air regiment stationed at the Belbek airfield, veterans of the formation and the air garrison.

After the unveiling of the monument, the assistant to the commander of the aviation division for work with believers in the military, Priest Sergiy conducted the rite of its consecration and served a requiem for the dead soldiers.

In conclusion, the ceremony participants visited the combat glory room of the regiment based at the airfield.

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In July 1957, Major N.I. Moskvitelev was appointed to the position of deputy commander of the 62nd Fighter Aviation Regiment (Belbek airfield near Sevastopol) in the Black Sea Fleet Air Force, and already in May 1958 at the age of 31 he was appointed its commander.

During his service in the Air Force, Nikolai Ivanovich Moskvitelev mastered 34 types of aircraft and their modifications (including Po-2, La-5, R-39 “Airacobra”, R-63 “Kingcobra”, La-7, La-9, MiG -15, Yak-25, MiG-17, MiG-19, MiG-25, MiG-31). He became a co-author of a textbook for universities “Applied methods of comparative assessment and combat potentials of aviation military equipment.” In 1990, after retiring, he worked at the A.I. Mikoyan and at the flight research center of the flight research institute named after M.M. Gromova.

Aviation Colonel General N.I. Moskvitelev died on February 12, 2020. Buried at the Federal War Memorial Cemetery.

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