The su-25UB Lipetsk aviation training center employees and military tests was named Hero of the Soviet Union Vladimir Zhigunov, Aircraft of this type for the first time became nominal, or stated in the press service of the Ministry of defense of Russia.
"Gala event at the location of the Lipetsk aviation center, past participation in the authorized command Chief of the air force, veterans of the air force, regional and city administrations and the son of the famous Soviet pilot Alexander Vladimirovich, was completed with the first flight on the nominal plane with the implementation of the single figures of aerobatics over the airfield," said the Commissioner's press service in the air force Igor Klimov, reports news Agency. First names were assigned to the Far planes, Military transport and tactical aviation, said the Colonel. Vladimir Zhigunov was born April 9, 1920. Joined the army in 1941, he graduated from the Odessa military aviation school of pilots, bomber pilot. Fought from the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian fronts, participated in the liberation of Kharkov, Poltava, Kirovograd, Lviv, forcing the Dnieper, Dniester and Prut rivers. By January 1945 Zhigunov made 109 sorties. The title of hero of the Soviet Union was awarded to the pilot on 27 June 1945. After the war he continued service in the army, and in 1955 he graduated from the air force Academy. Died in Voronezh 16 may 2000. The su-25UB - training combat attack. The launch of a series of aircraft at the aircraft factory in Ulan-Ude began in 1984. It is intended for training and observation pilots of combat troops and cadets flying schools in the technique of piloting, piloting, group cleanest after transfer to the military su-25, and to teach how to solve combat missions in army attack. Basic flight parameters of the combat trainers in practice do not differ from the characteristics of the single attack aircraft.