Yuri Polyakov

First-class test pilot,
Honored test pilot of Russian Federation,
Holder of the Order of Courage

Born on June 27, 1958 in Kalinin region.

Graduated from Borisoglebsk Chkalov Pilot School in 1979; in 1989 finished courses in Test Pilot Training Centre (Akhtubinsk)

Has been working as test pilot for Sokol aircraft plant since 2001.

Types of aircrafts: :-29, L-39, Su-17M3, M4R, Su-25, Su-24, Tu-134, Yak-52, Yak-40, Yak-130, MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-29, MiG-31, AN-2, AN-26, AN-32, IL-103, MAI-890, Mi-8T

Pilot rating: first-class military pilot (since 1983), first-class test pilot (since 1994), first-class commercial pilot (since 2001)

Total flight experience: more than 4834 hours

Test flight experience: 1943 hours

Speaks English and Spanish

Married, has two children

News about flights on MiG-29:

On April 12 we celebrate World’s Aviation and Cosmonautics Day. 56 years ago on April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin performed first spaceflight proving that there is nothing impossible.

On this day we congratulate not only those dealing with aerospace industry directly but either usual aviation and cosmonautics fans.

Last March our guests from different countries of the world – Japan, Italy, Canada, Australia and Bulgaria – visited “Sokol” airbase and fulfilled their unforgettable flights to the Edge of Space on MiG-29 jet fighter.

See our new big photo gallery of the March flights.

Vegitel Company successfully arranged two Edge of Space flights for a couple from Switzerland.

Despite the fact that occupation of a pilot is considered to be for men only we try to disprove this prejudice.

The ladies keep pace with the men!

Upcoming space adventures:
  july 28th, 2017  

Soyuz MS-05 launch

Amazing tour to Baikonur cosmodrome with watching of the Soyuz MS-05 rocket lift-off!

  june 15th, 2017  

Zero gravity flight

Perform a zero gravity flight onboard the IL-76 MDK flying laboratory.

  any day  

Cosmonaut training center

Visit famous Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (Star City).