MOSCOW (QHA) -

Association of Crimean Tatars in Moscow commemorated Crimean Tatar legendary pilot, twice hero of Soviet Union Amethan Sultan.

Members of the association gathered at the Amethan Sultan’s grave in Moscow for prayer.

Amet-Khan Sultan was a Soviet fighter and test pilot, twice hero of Soviet Union.

He flew some 603 sorties, participated in 150 air battles, and personally claimed 30 planes shot down, with 19 more victories shared.

He was killed in a plane crash on February 1, 1971 during a test flight on Tupolev Tu-16LL. During his lifetime he personally tested over 100 planes.

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