Obituary – Russian Helicopters test pilot Gurgen Karapetyan

Obituary – Russian Helicopters test pilot Gurgen Karapetyan

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.

“The whole life of Gurgen Rubenovich was devoted to serving the Motherland and aviation. With his participation, many helicopters found their way into the sky, and some of them set records that forever glorified the domestic helicopter industry. His courage, heroism and dedication to his work will always serve as an example for of the entire staff of the Russian Helicopters holding, and the kind, fond memory of him will forever remain in our hearts, “said Nikolai Kolesov, General Director of the Russian Helicopters holding .

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.

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