Igor Tkachenko

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Igor Tkachenko
Igor Tkachenko.jpg
Born(1964-07-26)July 26, 1964
Venzy Krasnodar Krai, Soviet Union
DiedAugust 16, 2009(2009-08-16) (aged 45)
Moscow Oblast, Russia
Allegiance Soviet Union until 1992  Russian Federation
Service/branchFlag of the Soviet Air Force.svg Soviet Air Force until 1992 RuAF emblem.png Russian Air Force
Years of service198? - 2009
RankRAF AF F5Col 1994-2010.png Guards units Colonel
AwardsЗолотая звезда Героя России.svg

Orden of Courage.png Order of War Merit Medal for the 850 Years of Moscow 70 Years of Soviet Airmed Forces
20 Years of Service 15 Years of Service 10 Years of Service

Honored military pilot of Russian Federation
Russian Knights salute in memory of Igor Tkachenko, leader of the group, who died during practice a week earlier.

Igor Valentinovitch Tkachenko (Russian: И́горь Валенти́нович Ткаче́нко, July 26, 1964 — August 16, 2009) was a Russian military pilot with the rank of Colonel, Russian Knights group leader, Chief of the 237th Guards Aviation Showing Center of the Russian Air Force at Kubinka air base. He was killed in a mid-air collision whilst practicing for the 2009 MAKS Airshow.[1][2]

He has been awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation honorary title posthumously, and the main-belt asteroid 269390 Igortkachenko, discovered by Russian amateur astronomer Leonid Elenin in 2009, was named in his memory.[2] Naming citation was published on 19 September 2013 (M.P.C. 85018).[3]



  1. ^ Pilot dies as Russia jets collide, BBC News Online
  2. ^ a b "269390 Igortkachenko (2009 QA34)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  3. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2 March 2017.

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