Komarov was a fighter pilot before his first space flight. This was as commander of Voskhod
1, launched 12 October 1964. Along with Feoktistov & Yegorov, he formed part of the first multi-crewed space mission.
No space-suits were worn on the flight. The flight lasted 1 day and 17 minutes.
Komarov's last flight was on Soyuz 1,
launched on 23 April 1967. He was unable to manoeuvre the space-craft because a solar panel failed to deploy, causing
problems. He was able to successfully complete a manual retrofire on re-entry. The main chute became tangled with the drag
chute and the space-craft crashed bursting into flames. The flight lasted 1 day 2 hours and 48 minutes.
A very tragic
end. Komarov was the first person to die on a space mission.