The regiment revived a good tradition to assign airship own names. While not all dubbed Tu-160, "extreme" was the aircraft with on-board "17" number, in honor of the great pilot was named "Valery Chkalov". In August 2003, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, performed the flight from Engels to the Far East in the left seat ( "07" "Alexander Molod- Chii" tail number) 1 TU-60, occupied the right seat commander of the 22nd Heavy Bomber Division, Maj.-Gen. Zhiharev. In the fall of 2003 was a tragedy - Tu-160. I crashed one of the best crews in the regiment. Crew Guard Lt. Col. JM Deyneko September 18 served as the plane circled after the engine replacement. flyby program was implemented in full. The destruction of the airframe Tu began suddenly during the descent from a height of 2100 meters to a height of 1 200 m presumably as a result of a strong impact not identified. Then the fire alarm worked consistently on three engines, hydraulic failure in the systems of power supply and control of the aircraft system. An emergency situation has arisen unexpectedly without any apparent signs of pre-avalanche and developed with the increase within a very limited time - 12 seconds.
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