Top Russian aircraft designer dies at 81 (2)

11:24, March 05, 2011      

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Simonov started working as an aviation engineer in the 1950s, and joined the Sukhoi design bureau as a deputy chief designer in 1970. During the following nine years he led the development of the Su-24 bomber, the Su-25 ground attack plane and the Su-27.

After serving as deputy minister of aircraft industries in 1979-1983, he was named the top Sukhoi designer and continued work on the Su-27.

Simonov was awarded the Hero of Russia medal in 1999 and a Lenin prize and two state prizes along with the Order of the Red Banner during the Soviet times for his contributions to Russia's aviation industry.

Simonov is to be buried on Sunday at Moscow's most prestigious Novodevichy cemetery, a Sukhoi spokesman said.

Source: Xinhua
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