MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In the transport aviation regiment of the Central Military District (CVD) in Yekaterinburg, a monument was unveiled to a woman pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union, Major Marina Raskova.
The monument to the pilot supplemented the composition of the “Alley of Russian Glory” of the air regiment, on which busts of military pilots Hero of the Soviet Union Ivan Kozhedub, Grigory Rechkalov and Georgy Bakhchivandzhi have already been installed.
The grand opening of the monument to the famous pilot was timed to coincide with the Day of the employee of the state security agencies. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Commander of the Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Central Military District, Major General Vladimir Tikhonov, Head of the FSB Directorate for the Central Military District, Lieutenant General Igor Pavlenko, Air Regiment Commander Colonel Konstantin Malyshev, veterans and representatives of the Yekaterinburg administration.
At the end of the event, the guests got acquainted with the exposition of the Patriot park located at the airfield, having examined the MiG-21, Tu-134, L-39 aircraft, the S-300 Favorit and Osa anti-aircraft missile systems, the Shilka anti-aircraft artillery complex and a 122 mm M-30 howitzer.
Marina Raskova, Polina Osipenko and Valentina Grizodubova were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union on November 2, 1938 for the first non-stop long-distance flight in history (from Moscow to Komsomolsk-on-Amur). At the end of October 1941, with the approval of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief and with the support of the Komsomol Central Committee in Engels, Marina Raskova formed an air group of three female air regiments on the basis of the Engels military pilot school. Streets of many cities are named after Marina Raskova; monuments have been erected to her in Moscow and Engels.
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