Volga-Dnepr celebrates birthday of An-124 designer
In the history of the Soviet aircraft industry, Victor Tolmachev is best known as one of the designers of the giant An-124 Ruslan and An-225 Mriya freighter aircraft.
August 11, 2014
By Donald Urquhart
Volga-Dnepr Group celebrated the 80th birthday of Victor Tolmachev, the legendary Chief Designer of the An-124 ‘Ruslan’ and An-225 ‘Mriya’ transport aircraft on 11 August, to mark his outstanding contribution to the world of aviation.
Tolmachev, who continues to serve the industry as technical director of Volga-Dnepr and as an advisor to the group’s president, Alexey Isaikin, is a Doctor of Engineering Science, a Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and a Member of the International Academy of Authors of Scientific Discoveries and Inventions.
His successful aviation career, spanning more than 50 years, began in 1959 when he graduated with high honours from the Kharkiv Aviation Institute and joined Antonov Design Bureau (now Antonov State Enterprise) in Kiev, Ukraine. At Antonov, he participated in the development, creation and modification of almost every Antonov aircraft, such as the An-2, An-14, An-8, An-10, An-12, An-24, An-22, An-26, An-32 and An-28.
In the history of the Soviet aircraft industry, Victor Tolmachev is best known as one of the designers of the giant An-124 Ruslan and An-225 Mriya freighter aircraft. In 1971 he was assigned as Lead Designer of the An-124 project and later, in 1985, the USSR Ministry of Aircraft Production appointed him to the position of Chief Designer of both the An-124 and An-225.