Nikolai Kamanin

Nikolai Kamanin

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Caption: Nikolai Kamanin (1908-1982). Portrait of the Soviet airforce pilot and Colonel General, Nikolai Petrovich Kamanin. Kamanin was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1934 for the rescue of SS Chelyuskin crew from an improvised airfield on the frozen surface of the Chukchi Sea near Kolyuchin Island, Russia. He was also head of cosmonaut training for the Soviet space program. He recruited and trained the first generation of cosmonauts, including Yuri Gagarin, Gherman Titov and Alexei Leonov.

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