Kulyapin Valentin. Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo.
Valentin was born in 1954, the Russian nationality. Member of the party. In 1975 he graduated from training Military Aviation School. Served Kulyapin in 982-th Fighter Regiment (34-th Air Force).
Kulyapin, second Soviet pilotWho shot down the plane rammed the offender. It is also the second in the whole world practice case reactive ram. Nikolai Eliseev in 1973 was made for the first time.
Says Valentine: "I was on 3-year student of the High School of flight, when I first heard about the heroism of Captain Eliseev. We, 19-summer guys were interested in each other: "But you could be so?" I decided then to remain silent - what good is being safe to talk about heroism? But himself was determined as follows: Eliseev left us, the future of young pilots, the covenant to learn the art of the heroic ram jet on the machine. Once Nesterov his heroic death gave our pilots make a covenant a risky technique, discovered by him, a very effective weapon in the war against the enemies, and more than 600 pilots - his heirs - now has a history of aircraft. "
Note that there is no supersonic aircraft smashing screw and powerful plane - wings. Taran, as the reception seemed to him technically almost impossible, especially after the heroic death Eliseev. But through the years 8 Kulyapin on a jet plane I was able to make a second similar containers, killing the intruder, the intruder in the airspace of our country.
In 1981 year July 18 border on the territory of Armenia violated Kanader CL-44 - transport aircraft one of the Argentine airlines under the control of the Swiss crew, who carried the party smuggling weapons to Iran. On his interception lifted 2 couple Sioux 15TM. But they failed to find the target, and, having exhausted all the fuel is returned back to the airfield.
Then the perpetrator was induced Captain Kulyapin. He set the task to land the plane on our territory. Finding the offender at an altitude of 11 thousand. M, Valentin become acquainted with him, he flew parallel course. He handed the offender signs to get him to follow him. But he continued to fly in any way, heading towards the border. Then came the command from the ground - "Knock off!".
Sioux was 15TM armed with P-98M (Long-range missiles). For a start has been the lack of distance, and to make entry to attack again, there was no time - the offender approaching the border. Then Valentin decided to ram. He went to the rapprochement with the plane - the infringer and the fuselage struck on the right stabilizer offender. Then Kulyapin ejected immediately, and CL-44 fell in two kilometers from the border. The crew lost it completely.
Over feat Valentine was promoted to the rank of the Hero of the country, but unfortunately ... only received the Order of the Red Banner.
In the world no one else was able to repeat the feat of the heroic captain Eliseev.
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