Outstanding Aircraft Designer Genrikh V. Novozhilov Turned 91

27 October 2016

On 27 October 2016, Genrikh Vasilievich Novozhilov, an outstanding Russian aircraft designer, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Lenin Prize laureate, twice Hero of Socialist Labour, turned 91 years old.

Genrikh Vasilievich came to Ilyushin Experimental Design Office in 1948 to undergo his pre-graduation internship. After the graduation from the Moscow Aviation Institute, he began his work at the enterprise. He took part in the production of a large number of Il aircraft, namely Il-14, Il-18, Il-40, Il-46, Il-54. He started as a design engineer to eventually become first deputy chief designer.

He was responsible for flight testing, commercializing and operation of Il-62 long-range jet aircraft, which had been a flagship of Aeroflot for a long time.

In July 1970, upon the recommendation of Sergei Vladimirovich Ilyushin, G.V. Novozhilov was appointed chief designer and managing director of the enterprise.

Under his leadership, new-generation aircraft were designed, constructed, tested, and commercialized. These aircraft played an important role in the development and enhancement of the Russian economy and defence capacity, and include Il-76, Il-86, Il-96, Il-103 light multipurpose aircraft, Il-114 passenger aircraft for regional routes.

In his longstanding and fruitful activity, Genrikh Vasilievich Novozhilov shows a high creativity level of a designer-scientist by developing simple, reliable, and efficient aircraft structures, which ensure superior flight safety, long service life, and production and operation maintainability.

Genrikh Vasilievich made an invaluable contribution to the development of the world aircraft construction. Currently, G.V. Novozhilov works in the capacity of chief scientific adviser of the general director.

He is twice Hero of Socialist Labour, Lenin Prize laureate, Russian Federation Government Award winner, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is awarded the title of Honoured Designer of the Russian Federation, three Orders of Lenin, Orders of the October Revolution, Red Banner of Labour, Honour Badge, Order of People’s Friendship, first-, second-, and third-class Order of Merit for the Motherland, Orders of Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as a number of medals, including Tupolev Gold Medal for outstanding work in the field of aeronautics.

The management team and staff members of Ilyushin Aviation Complex cordially congratulate G.V. Novozhilov and wish him sound health, many happy returns of the day, and new creative achievements!