Gromov

1978 PY2. Discovered 1978 Aug. 8 by N. S. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.

Named in memory of Mikhail Mikhajlovich Gromov (1899-1985), well-known Russian pilot who set the world record for long-distance flight in 1934 when his aircraft flew more than 12 000 kilometers. In 1937, together with A. Yumashev and S. Danilin, he completed a nonstop flight from Moscow, over the North Pole, to the United States. He was the first Russian pilot to win the de Lawo medal of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. Gromov also tested a great number of new aircraft. He was the founder of the State Research Center of Russia "Flying Research Institute", now named for him. (M 34340)

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