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Sokol Airbase Flight Team
1. Sergei Kara - Test Pilot - 1st Class
SOKOL Aircraft Enterprise Test Station Chief Pilot
Birthdate: February 5, 1965
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod
Graduated from secondary school in 1982
1982 - 1986: High Air Force Pilot College in Kharkov. Jet types: L-39, MiG 17, MiG 21
1986 - 1991: Air Force pilot. Jet types: SU-17, MiG- 23, MiG-25, MiG 29
1991: Resigned from the Air Force with the rank of Captain
1991 - Date: Test Pilot, SOKOL Aircraft Enterprise
Total number of aircraft types piloted and qualified to pilot now: 40 types & modifications, including MiG-15, MiG 21, MiG 29, MiG-25, MiG 31, SU-27, Yak-52, An-24, TU- 154, M-101T
Total flight hours: 4970
2. Yuri Polyakov - Test Pilot - 1st Class
Honored Pilot of Russia
Birthdate: June 27, 1958
Graduated from secondary school in 1975
1975 - 1979: Chkalov High Air Force Pilot College in Borisogleb City
1989: Qualified to pilot the following jets: L 29, MiG 17, MiG 21
1979 - 1987: Air Force pilot. Jets: SU-17
1987 - 1989: Air Force Test Pilot School. Jets: MiG-23, MiG 25, MiG 29, TU 134
1989 - 2001: Test Pilot, Air Force representative at SOKOL Aircraft Enterprise
2001: Resigned from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel
2001 - Present: Test Pilot at SOKOL Aircraft Enterprise
Total number of aircraft types piloted and qualified to pilot now: 40 types & modifications, including MiG 15, MiG 21, MiG 29, MiG 25, MiG 31, SU 27, Yak 52, An 24, TU 154, M 101T
Total flight hours: 5105
Married, 2 sons.
Hobbies: football, volleyball, team sports
3. Andrey Pechionkin - Test Pilot - 1st Class
Birthdate: August 27, 1963
Birthplace: Gorky, now Nizhny Novgorod
In 1984, graduated from Chkalov High Air Force Pilot College in Borisogleb city.
1984 - 1989 - Captain of Air Force Regiment in the Group of Soviet Troops in Germany.
1991 - 1995 - Air line pilot of Aeroflot, AN-24, AN-26.
1995 - 2000 - the Squadron Commander of IL-76MD Air Force of Ministry of Internal Affairs, lieutenant colonel.
2000 - resigned from Air Force of RF with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
2000 - to date - test pilot for Sokol Enterprise.
Types of aircraft - L-29, Yak -52, MiG 21, MiG-23, MiG-27, MiG 29, MiG 31, Yak -130, An-24, An 26, IL-76, Accord-201, M-101T.
Total flight hours - 4950
Married, with 19 year old son and 2 years old daughter. Hobby - sports, winter swimming, languages include: speak fluent English and German, working knowledge of French and Arabic.