Kurlin, the legend of Soviet aviation, contributed in the creation and tests of famous AN jets: An-2, An-8, An-10, An-12, An-14, An-24, An-28, An-30, An-32, An-72, An-74, An-22, An-124, An-225.
“He made his strong contribution in testing these machines, in their introduction to operational service. Yuriy Kurlin was a real professional, he was good at analyzing and taking bold decisions, which later turned out to be the key decisions in the future destiny of the winged machines. He set four world records on An-32,” reads the message.
Most often the name of Kurlin is linked to the first wide-body aircraft, which caused a furor those days and stays unbeaten and the biggest turboprop AN-jet.
“This was exactly 53 years ago, the crew under Kurlin’s command took the Antonov giant into the air,” the message states.
Kurlin was active in teaching young pilots to operate different aircraft.
As we reported earlier, Leonid Kadenyuk, the famous Ukrainian astronaut, and air force pilot passed away on January 31.
Leonid Kadenyuk was the first astronaut of independent Ukraine. He joined the country's first space mission in 1995 and later made his flight on NASA's Columbia in 1997, as part of the international mission STS-87. During the flight, Kadenyuk and his counterparts ran biological tests with several kinds of plants.