Cosmonauts selected to fly the Buran Shuttle

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The construction of Buran was started in the mid 1970s. The Soviet authorities decided to put Buran testing in the hands of the pilots of LII, which consisted of a large group of civilian pilots and engineers with a long history of successful testing and development of all types of aircraft. The operational missions, however, would be given to Air Force test pilots based at the Air Force Test Pilot School at Akhtubinsk, although military pilots were not expected to fly the Buran before 1985. These decisions led to the creation of two more cosmonaut groups.


Test Pilot Basic Training Operational Mission Soviet Authority Soyuz Mission 
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