Served in the Soviet Army from 1935. Military commander throughout World War II. Command posts in the Soviet Air Force, 1945-1967. 1st Deputy Commander-in-chief of the USSR' Air Force, 1967-1969, and Commander-in-chief from 1969.
USSR Deputy Minister of Defence, 1969. Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1971. Marshal, 1972.