Alexander Gamaev - Nickname
Sasha - The son of a famous Russian test pilot, thirty-six year-old
Sasha began flying gliders and parachute jumping at the age of 14. He graduated from
school in 1977 and enrolled in the Armavir Higher Military Aviation School for
After graduating with honors in 1981, he spent four years as a fighter pilot in the Soviet
He then entered the Ministry of Aviation Industry Test Pilot School and began studies at
Aviation Institute. Sasha completed test pilot school in 1987 and was assigned as an
test pilot with the Mikoyan Design Bureau. In 1989, he graduated from Moscow Aviation
an "honored diploma of engineer system-technician".
Sasha's total flight experience includes more than 3500 flight hours in more than 40 types
and prototypes. He participates in flight demonstrations all over the world and flew the
MiG-29 in the
US during the Airshow Friendship Tour in 1991. He joined the M.M. Gromov Flight Research
in 1994 and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the Postgraduate School of Aviation
On January 15, 1998, Sasha received the Hero of Russia Award, Russia's
highest military honor.