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Mikhail Mikhaylovich GROMOV


Mikhail GROMOV, USSR Air Force Colonel-General, retired. Professor 1938; former Chief, Test Flights Department, Main Board, USSR Air Force, 1949-1955. Hero of Soviet Union; four Order of Lenin; other orders. Member, Communist Party, since 1941.


GROMOV, Mikhail was born in 1899.


Studied on Professor Zhukovsky’s preparatory aviation technican training courses. 1918 graduated Soviet Army Air Force School, Moscow.


1926 in single-engined ANT-3 plane made record flight Moscow - Berlin - Paris - Rome - Vienna - Prague - Moscow, covering 7,150 kilometers in 34 hours. 1929 in three-engined ANT-9 plane “Krylya Sovetov” made record flight Moscow - Berlin - Prague - London - Rome - Warsaw - Moscow, covering 9,040 kilometers. 1934 made nonstop 75 hour flight over closed course covering more than 12,000 kilometers.

1937 with Yumashev and Danilin flew Moscow - North Pole - San Jacinto (United States of America) covering 10,148 kilometers. After the war again a test-pilot. 1918-1921 in Red Army, then assist, instructor, Moscow Air Force School.

1921-1926 test pilot,Department of Experimental Aircraft Construction, Central Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics Institute. 1942-1943 commanded long-range air corps on Kalinin Front. 1943-1944 Commander, 1st Air Army on Western Front.


Member, Communist Party, since 1941.