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Famed Russian test pilot to visit ERAU Monday

Col. Georgy Mosolov

Col. Georgy Mosolov

Russian test pilot Col. Georgy Mosolov will present "Tales of a Russian Test Pilot" on Monday, Sept. 22, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

His talk, at 10:30 a.m. in the Davis Learning Center Auditorium on the Prescott campus, is free and open to the public.

The first man to fly the MiG-21, Mosolov at one time held two world speed records and one world altitude record in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Like his friend Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut, Mosolov received the Hero of the Soviet Union Gold Star, the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Medal of Honor.

"Georgy Mosolov was to test pilots what Yuri Gagarin was to astronauts," said Rodney Rogers, a professor of aeronautic science at ERAU.

Data collected during Mosolov's flight-testing of the MiG-19 led to the refinement and redesign of the so-called "flying tail," a technological improvement to facilitate supersonic flight on subsequent jet fighters worldwide.

Mosolov is visiting Embry-Riddle on his way to the annual symposium of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in Los Angeles, where he will speak about his adventures. He is an honorary member of the organization.

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