Boris Pavlovich Bugayev

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Boris Bugayev, 1970

Boris Pavlovich Bugajew ( Russian Борис Павлович Бугаев ; born July 29, 1923 in Mankiwka , Kyiv Governorate , Ukrainian SSR ; † January 13, 2007 in Moscow ) was Minister for Civil Aviation of the Soviet Union from 1970 to 1987 .


Boris Bugayev joined the Red Army in 1941 and graduated from the Fighter Pilot School in Aktyubinsk in August of the following year , where he then worked as an instructor. In 1943 he was transferred to the front to the 215th Aviation Department, which carried out missions to supply partisans in the German hinterland. From 1944 to 1946 he was a chain leader in this unit. Bugayev joined the Communist Party in 1946 . From 1947 to 1948 he completed his studies at the pilot center of the civil air fleet (GWF) and then worked in their "international flying group". As a pilot at Aeroflot , he undertook several pioneering flights from 1951 to open new routes, including to India , Burma , Indonesia , Africa , the USA , Great Britain and Cuba . From 1957 to 1966 he commanded an aviation division for special use, among other things he often acted as commander on flights by Leonid Brezhnev . On the side, he completed another degree in flight engineering from 1961 to 1966, this time at the GWF University.

In 1966 he was honored as a hero of socialist work . In the same year he was appointed Deputy Minister for Civil Aviation, and a year later his 1st Deputy. In 1971 he was elected to the Central Committee of the CPSU and was a member of the Supreme Soviet . He also took over the chairmanship of the Commission for International Issues in Civil Aviation. In 1973 he was promoted to chief marshal of the aviators and appointed chairman of the commission for aviation safety.

Bugayev was "Honored Pilot of the USSR" (1967), winner of the State Prize (1972), winner of the Lenin Prize (1980) and the Czechoslovak Order of Labor (1978). He received the Order of Lenin four times and the Order of the Red Banner twice .