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Valerii Pavlovich Chkalov

pilot

Valerii Chkalov, USSR Pilot.

Background

Chkalov, Valerii was born in 1904.

Education

Educated at a pilot’s school, 1923.

Career

Joined the Red Army, 1919. Fighter pilot, 1924, and test pilot, 1930. Made several record-breaking flights in the 1930s, which received enormous publicity and made him a folk hero of the Stalin epoch (Moscow-Kamchatka, 1936, Moscow-North Pole-Vancouver, 1937).