8-Dec-2021 Source: Russian Helicopters
The Russian Helicopters holding of Rostec State Corporation expresses deep condolences to the family and friends in connection with the death of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Honored Test Pilot of the Soviet Union, Adviser to the General Director of the Russian Helicopters holding on flight safety Gurgen Rubenovich Karapetyan.
Gurgen Karapetyan was born on December 9, 1936 in Sverdlovsk. Graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1961. Simultaneously with his studies, he was engaged in gliding and helicopter sports at the MAI flying club. From 1961 he worked as a leading engineer at the Mil Design Bureau, and in 1962 he graduated from the helicopter department of the Test Pilot School.
From 1962 to 1993, Gurgen Rubenovich worked at the flight test complex of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Since 1974, Karapetyan worked as a senior test pilot of the plant. Raised and tested the Mi-26 and Mi-28 helicopters, took part in the tests of the Mi-2, Mi-6, Mi-10, Mi-14, Mi-24 helicopters and their modifications. In the period from 1962 to 1982, he set 10 world aviation records for speed and carrying capacity on the Mi-6, Mi-10K, Mi-24 and Mi-26 helicopters.