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Beregovoi

Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi

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Born: 15 April 1921 at Fyodorovka
Call sign: Argon
Flight: Soyuz 3, 26 October 1968
Flight time: 3:22:51
Family: Married Lydia Matreeva. One daughter, Lyudmilla. One son, Viktor
Rank: Lieutenant-General
Died: 30 June 1995

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After joining the Soviet Air Force in 1938, Beregovoi flew 185 combat missions in World War 2. He then became one of Russia's leading test pilots and flew in more than 50 different types of aircraft.
Korolyov advised Beregovoi to transfer to the cosmonaut team, even though he was over 40 years old. He was promised that in the next few years there would be work of interest to him.
Beregovoi considered himself too fat and not strong enough for the rigours of space-flight. Surinov, the head of physical training, put him on an extensive six month course.
Beregovoi made his only flight on Soyuz 3, launched 26 October 1968. He was 47 years old. He rendezvoused with Soyuz 2, but failed to dock. He did manage complex testing of manoeuvering and docking procedures.
Beregovoi served as a deputy to the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union and was head of the Yuri Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.