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Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
( Юрий Алексеевич Гагарин )

Born: 9 March 1934, Gzhatsk, Smolensk Oblast , Russia

Nationality: Russian

Died: 27 March 1968 (MiG-15 crash)

Group: Air Force Group 1 (7 March 1960)

Status: Deceased


FAI Flights:
1Vostok12 April 19611 hours, 48 minutes, 0 seconds

Yuri Gagarin was the first man into space. Following his first heroic flight into space, Soviet officials valued him more for his propaganda and political usefulness than as a pioneering cosmonaut. They wanted him alive and feared losing him to an accident in space. Yuri, however, wanted to fly. After several years of struggle, he was returned to flight status. It was during his training as a backup for Soyuz 1 that Gagarin tragically died.


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