Anatoly Nikolaevich Kvochur
Su 27pd anatoly kvochur
Anatoly Kvochur (Russian: Анатолий Николаевич Квочур, Anatoly Nikolaevich Kvochur; [ɐnɐˈtolʲɪj nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ kvʲɪˈtɕʉrʲ]; born April 16, 1952), is a Russian aerobatics pilot, a test pilot, and a Hero of the Russian Federation. He is currently the Deputy Chief of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (ЛИИ). He is widely regarded as one of the best Russian pilots.
- Su 27pd anatoly kvochur
- Extreme low pass by anatoly kvochur in a sukhoi su 30
- Paris Air Show incident
- Awards and recognition
- Kvochurs bell
Extreme low pass by anatoly kvochur in a sukhoi su 30
He studied at the V. M. Komarov Higher Military Flying School at Yeysk, graduating in 1973. He began service as a pilot in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. He served for two years before he was discharged from the Soviet Armed Forces in 1977 with a recommendation for admittance to the Test Pilot School at the Zhukovsky airfield. He graduated from the school in 1978. From 1978 to 1981 he worked as a test pilot at Komsomolsk-on-Amur, testing Su-17 aircraft and its modifications. He also studied further at the Moscow Aviation Institute, from whence he graduated in 1981.
He was transferred to the Mikoyan Design Bureau where he participated in the testing of more than 80 types of aircraft, including MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-27, MiG-29, MiG-31, as well as air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles. Since then he has appeared in numerous international air shows, showcasing Russian aircraft.
In 1995 Kvochur participated in a very long range flight demonstration of Su-27PD and Su-27PU Flankers featuring an inflight refueling probe. He led an aerobatic team, known as the Test Pilots Team (Lyotchiki-Ispyttahteli), which also included the pilots Vladimir Loginovskiy and Aleksander Gamayev.
Paris Air Show incident
Kvochur was involved in an airshow accident in June 8, 1989 at the Paris Air Show. He was flying a single-seater Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum 'Blue 303', the latest fighter aircraft of the Soviet Union at the time. While executing a low-speed, high-angle attack portion of his routine, a bird was sucked into the turbofan of his right engine (a bird strike), causing the engine to burst into flames. Kvochur immediately turned the remaining engine to full afterburner. However his speed, at 180 kilometres per hour (110 mph), was too slow to maintain stability on one engine. Despite his efforts, the stricken aircraft went into a steep dive. Kvochur managed to steer the MiG away from the crowd and eject 2.5 seconds before impact. He landed 30 metres (98 ft) away from the fireball of the crashed plane. The incident was caught on video.
The aircraft Kvochur was in had a Zvezda K-36D ejection seat at that time. The same ejection seat also helped saved the lives of the pilots of two MiG-29s that collided mid-air at the Royal International Air Tattoo in July 24, 1993, and the pilot and navigator of a Sukhoi Su-30 that crashed from a bird strike at the Paris Air Show in June 12, 1999 (which was also captured on video).
Awards and recognition
Kvochur's bell is a variation of the Tailslide aerobatic maneuver named after Kvochur.