110th anniversary of aircraft designer Valery Borog’s birthday

09 February 2017
Борог В.А. ОАО ИлFebruary 9, 2017 marked the 110th anniversary of the birthday of aircraft designer Valery Afrikanovich Borog, Hero of Socialist Labor, laureate of the Stalin and Lenin Prizes, (1907-2000).

Valery Borog was born in the city of Yaroslavl.

All his work is connected with the development of domestic aviation. In 1934 he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute and joined the design bureau of A. Chizhevsky and G. Grigorovich. He worked as a designer, a leading engineer and a brigade leader.

From 1938 to 1959 – designer at Ilyushin bureau, since 1959 – Deputy Chief Designer and Head of the Design Bureau. Since 1973 – Chief Designer.

He participated in the development, construction, testing, introduction into mass production and operation of fuselages, pressurized cockpits and cabins of all types of aircraft, including Il-2.

He worked on the creation of the first jet bomber Il-28, the combat prototypes Il-20, Il-40, Il-54, the transport Il-76 transport and its modifications, the anti-submarine Il-38 for the Navy.

Borog also contributed to the development of unique design solutions during the creation of Il-18, Il-62 and the first domestic wide-body aircraft Il-86. He was involved in creation and putting into operation the systems of upward and downward ejection.

He pioneered new design solutions and ideas, which brought him 14 author’s certificates, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements.

In 1951 Borog won the Stalin Prize «for outstanding inventions and radical improvements in the field of engineering» (Il-28). In 1960 among the design group of Ilyushin bureau he was awarded the Lenin Prize «for the creation of the passenger Il-18». In 1976 Borog was given the high title of Hero of Socialist Labor. He was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the October Revolution, two Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, the Order of the Red Star, numerous medals, including medals of the USSR Exhibition of Economic Achievements.

In 1987 he retired and lived in Moscow. He died in 2000 and was buried at the Vagankovskoye cemetery in Moscow.