Pavel Kutakhov (marshal)

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Pavel Stepanovich Kutakhov
Кутахов, Павел Степанович
Born August 3, 1914 (1914-08-03)
Malokirsanovka, Don Voisko Oblast (now Rostov Oblast), Russian Empire
Died December 3, 1984 (1984-12-04) (aged 70)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Buried at Novodevichy Cemetery, (Moscow)
Allegiance  Soviet Union (1935–1984)
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1935–1984
Rank Chief Marshal of Aviation
Unit Red Army
Commands held Soviet Air Force
Battles/wars Soviet-Finnish War,
World War II
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Hero of the Soviet Union

Pavel Stepanovich Kutakhov (Russian: Кутахов, Павел Степанович) was Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Air Forces between 1969 and 1984, Chief Marshal of Aviation since 1972, twice Hero of Soviet Union (1943, 1984), Honored Pilot of USSR (1966).[1]

After the Israeli Operation Mole Cricket 19 in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon in 1982, when large numbers of Soviet-built Syrian fighters and surface-to-air missiles were destroyed, Kutakhov travelled to Syria to evaluate the outcome.

Honours and awards


  1. "Кутахов Павел Степанович" [Kutakhov Pavel Stepanovich]. (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-12-28.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Military offices
Preceded by
Pavel Fedorovich Zhigarev
Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Air Force
Succeeded by
Alexander Yefimov