Secondo Novosti Kosmonautiki sarebbe morto ieri.
March 2, 2010 83 th year of life, died a famous test pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union Vladimir Ilyushin, said Tuesday the press office of the company “Sukhoi”.
Vladimir Ilyushin was born March 31, 1927. In the period from 1943 to 1981, he flew 145 types of aircraft and helicopters and their modifications. During my time at the Sukhoi Design Bureau Ilyushin raised the first 12 experimental aircraft: from the Su-9 and Su-27.
Test pilot set three world aviation records, in particular, in 1959 - a record altitude flight in the Su-9, in 1961 - a record high level flight on the same aircraft model, resembles RIA Novosti.
In 1961, the Western press has written extensively about Ilyushin, as a man who committed the world’s first space flight. According to this version Vladimir piloted space ship “Russia”, which tries to run was made April 9, 1961, three days before the historic flight of Yuri Gagarin. The ship then allegedly suffered an accident.
Despite the absurdity of this version, which has repeatedly denied, as in the former Soviet press, and by Ilyushin, the years he appeared in the Guinness Book as the first man to fly to space. This awkwardness was removed only in the early 1990’s.