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Belyayev

Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev

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Born: 26 June 1925
Call sign: Diamond
Flight: Voskhod 2, 18 March 1965
Flight time: 1:02:02
Family: Married Tatyana Filippovna. Two daughters, Irina & Ludmilla
Rank: Colonel
Died: 10 Jan 1970

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During World War 2, Belyayev saw action as a fighter pilot and stayed with his unit till 1956. He then went to the Red Banner Air Force Academy, graduating in 1959.
Belyayev's flight was as commander on Voskhod 2, launched 18 March 1965. This was a two man flight with Leonov. After Leonov's space walk, the cabin filled with oxygen causing a serious fire hazard. Retrorockets failed on re-entry and had to be fired manually. The service module did not separate and they landed in heavy forest spending the night surrounded by wolves. The recovery crew had to ski to the site and then chopped down trees for the helicopter to recover the crew and space-craft.
In 1969, Belyayev became seriosly ill and was hospitalised. Following an operation, he developed Peritonitis and died on 10 Jan 1970.