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Yekaterina Mednikova, Soviet test pilot

Yekaterina Mednikova, Soviet test pilot

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Yekaterina Mednikova, Soviet test pilot. Mednikova was a test pilot for the Yakovlev YAK-1 and YAK-3 Soviet fighter planes. She held two aviation records: In 1936 she set an international speed record of 164.94 kilometres per hour, and in 1937 she set an international altitude record for light aircraft of 6518 metres. Photographed on 24th September 1930.

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