(1912 - 1946)

A.N.Grinchik     Grinchik Alexei Nikolayevich - 1st class test-pilot, lieutenant-colonel.
   Born in Zima town of Irkutsk Region. In 1935 graduated from Aeroclub at MAI. In 1936 graduated from MAI. Worked as engineer at Central Aero-Hydrodynamic Institute (CAHI). Graduated from CAHI Flight School at 1937.
   In 1937-1941 worked as test-pilot at CAHI. Since 1941 worked as test-pilot at FRI.
   Participant of Great Patriotic War: in July-August of 1941 fought in air defense of Moscow; in January-March of 1942 fought in Air Force units of Kalinin front as deputy commander of fighter air regiment. Being there A.N. Grinchik made sixty two combat sorties, shot down two enemy planes personally and four within group, was wounded. After recovery came back to test-pilot work at FRI.
   During working in FRI he conducted a number of most complicated plane spinning-tests, tested 120 different purpose aircraft. He took part in testing 14 prototype aircraft and was the leading test-pilot at testing 4 prototype aircraft. ''Utka'' MiG-8 experimental plane was among them.
   On 24 April of 1946 took aloft I-300 (MiG-9), first domestically produced jet fighter.
   Died in I-300 plane at showing aviation materiel to Aviation Industry Ministry heads.
   Awarded with three Lenin Orders, two 1st degree Orders of Patriotic War, medals.

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