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Abakan Airport named after Hero of the Soviet Union Vasily Tikhonov

12.07.2021 85 просмотров

In March 2020, members of the public turned to the head of the Republic of Khakassia, Valentin Konovalov, with a request to name the airport after Vasily Tikhonov or Honored Pilot of the Russian Federation Peter Atkin.


The international airport of federal significance Abakan in Khakassia was named after the Hero of the Soviet Union Vasily Tikhonov. This is stated in the decree of the President of the Russian FederationVladimir Putin, published on the official Internet portal of legal information.

In March 2020, the head of the republic Valentin Konovalo reported that after the federal competition "Great Names of Russia" he was approached by members of the public who proposed to name the airport after  Vasily Tikhonov or Honored Pilot of the Russian Federation Pyotr Atkin.

« Assign the name of V. G. Tikhonov to the international airport of Abakan,” the decree says.

Tikhonov was born in 1909 in the south of the Yenisei province. In 1941, he participated in the bombing of important military and industrial facilities of Nazi Germany. In August 1941, as part of the 81st long-range bomber air division, he made three successful sorties to Berlin, for which he was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. In total, during the war years, General Tikhonov completed 21 sorties. He died in 1976 and was buried in Abakan.

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