Viktor Mikhailovich AFANASIEV
Commander of crew, Soyuz TM-33 space vehicle,
Colonel, Deputy Leader of Crew Team,
Instructor-test-cosmonaut of Yu. A. Gagarin
Cosmonaut Training Center (TsPK), Russia.
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
December 31, 1948, Bryansk.
Father - Mikhail Zakharyevich Afanasiev (1918-1975).
Mother - Maria Sergeevna Afanasieva (Blinnikova) (1923-1999).
1970, he graduated from higher military aviation pilot school
after A.F. Myasnikov. In 1977 he finished training at the
267-th Center of aviation hardware testing and test-pilots
training (Akhtubinsk, Astrakhanskaya Area). He graduated
aircraft construction department (night classes) at Akhtubinsk
branch of the Moscow Aviation College in 1980, in 1995 -
Humanitarian Academy of the Russian Federation Armed Forces.
MARITAL STATUS: married.
Wife - Elena Yakovlevna Afanasieva (Kalinushkina), born
Son - Vyacheslav, born in 1974.
Daughter - Yulia, born in 1981.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
Hero of the Soviet Union, Pilot-cosmonaut of USSR.
He was awarded with Order of Lenin, Order for Service at
the Armed Forces for the Motherland of the 3-d degree, Order
for Merits to the Motherland of the 3-d degree, Order for
Personal Spirit, medals.
HOBBY: car driving, football, collecting of badges and
During period of 1970 - 1976 he was on service as a pilot,
senior pilot, commander of aviation squad at the Fighter
Guards Regiments of the Soviet Forces in Germany. He is
the first class pilot.
From 1977 to 1980 he served as test-pilot, senior test-pilot
at the Fighter Aviation flight testing service. He's learned
40 types of aircraft and their modifications. The total
flight is over 2000 hours. The first class test-pilot.
In 1985 he was accepted as a candidate cosmonaut and in
1988 he joined cosmonaut team at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training
From November, 1985, to May, 1987, he took a course of general