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Honorary title
Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR
Distinguished Military Pilot Of The Soviet Union.jpg
Obverse of the insignia for Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR
Awarded by  USSR
Type Honorary title
Eligibility Citizens of the Soviet Union
Awarded for Excellence in Military Aviation
Status No longer awarded
Statistics
Established January 26, 1965
Related Honoured Military Navigator of the USSR
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"Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR" Lieutenant General Leo Vasil'evich Kozlov

"Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR" Marshal of Aviation Aleksandr Nikolaïevitch Efimov

"Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR" Army General Vladimir Sergeyevich Mikhaylov

The Honorary Title "Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR" (Russian: Заслуженный военный лётчик СССР) was a state military award of the Soviet Union established on January 26, 1965 by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet № 3230-VI[1] to recognise and reward excellence in military aviation. It was abolished on August 22, 1988 by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet № 9441-XI.[2]

Award Statute[edit | edit source]

The honorary title "Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR" was awarded to members of military flying units, military agencies, military schools, military organizations and other military or federal authorities, having qualified military pilots 1st class or military pilot-instructors 1st class, for outstanding achievements in the development of aviation technology, high performance in education and training of flight personnel and long-term trouble-free flight operations in military aviation.[1]

The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR was the main conferring authority of the award based on recommendations from the Ministry of Defence of the USSR.[1]

The insignia "Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR" was worn on the right side of the chest and in the presence of other orders, placed over them. If worn with honorary titles of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence.[3]

Award Description[edit | edit source]

The honorary title of "Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR" was a 27mm wide by 23mm high silver and nickel polygon with raised edges. At the top of the obverse, the relief inscription in three lines covered to the left "HONOURED MILITARY PILOT" (Russian: ЗАСЛУЖЕННЫЙ ВОЕННЫЙ ЛËТЧИК), in the center, the gilt tombac image of a jet plane climbing diagonally towards the right its nose and tail slightly protruding over the edges, at the bottom, the relief inscription "USSR" (Russian: СССР) superimposed over a laurel branch.[1]

The insignia was secured to a standard Soviet square mount by a silver plated ring through the suspension loop. The mount was covered by a silk moiré red ribbon.[1]

Recipients (partial list)[edit | edit source]

The individuals below were all recipients of the honorary title of "Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR".[4][5]

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