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Russia: Meet Svetlana Kapanina, the most decorated female pilot ever

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 27, 2015 at 05:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

The most decorated female pilot in the history of aviation, Svetlana Kapanina, inspected her Sukhoi Su-26 plane at Kimry Airport in the Moscow region, before taking to the skies and performing stunts, Friday.

Kapanina has been called the Russian Valkyrie, Queen of Heaven and even the best pilot in the world. She is a seven time absolute champion of the world, a two-time champion of the World Air Games and has been crowned world champion a further 39 times in various individual events.

Kapanina started flying in 1988, first taking to the Sukhoi Su-26 to learn her trade, aided by coach and aerobatic pilot Nikolai Golubtsov. In 1989 she switched trainers, with Leonid Abramovich Solodovnikov taking her under his wing. Under Solodovnikov, Svetlana Kapanina joined the Russian aerobatics team in 1991, when she began to bring home multiple medals in her category. At the 1995 World Championship held in South Africa, she was the only female pilot among a line-up of 44.

All in all she has 67 gold, 22 silver, 12 bronze medals of the World championships, European Championships and Grand Prix FAI (International Air Sports Federation).

Russia: Meet Svetlana Kapanina, the most decorated female pilot ever02:13
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The most decorated female pilot in the history of aviation, Svetlana Kapanina, inspected her Sukhoi Su-26 plane at Kimry Airport in the Moscow region, before taking to the skies and performing stunts, Friday.

Kapanina has been called the Russian Valkyrie, Queen of Heaven and even the best pilot in the world. She is a seven time absolute champion of the world, a two-time champion of the World Air Games and has been crowned world champion a further 39 times in various individual events.

Kapanina started flying in 1988, first taking to the Sukhoi Su-26 to learn her trade, aided by coach and aerobatic pilot Nikolai Golubtsov. In 1989 she switched trainers, with Leonid Abramovich Solodovnikov taking her under his wing. Under Solodovnikov, Svetlana Kapanina joined the Russian aerobatics team in 1991, when she began to bring home multiple medals in her category. At the 1995 World Championship held in South Africa, she was the only female pilot among a line-up of 44.

All in all she has 67 gold, 22 silver, 12 bronze medals of the World championships, European Championships and Grand Prix FAI (International Air Sports Federation).

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