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Legendary Soviet Aircraft Designer Novozhilov Dies, Aged 93

Genrikh Novozhilov

The former chief designer for the Soviet Ilyushin aircraft-construction firm has died at the age of 93.

The April 28 passing of engineer Genrikh Novozhilov was reported by former Ilyushin General Director Aleksei Rogozin in a post on social media the same day.

No other details about Novozhilov's death were immediately reported.

Novozhilov played a key role in the development of the Il-18, Il-62, Il-76, and Il-96 Soviet passenger jets. A specially modified version of the Il-96 is the Russian presidential aircraft.

Novozhilov was born in Moscow in 1925. He began working for Ilyushin in 1949.

In 1986, he was made a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. He was twice awarded the Hero of Socialist Labor award.

He was a member of the Soviet and Russian academies of science.

The RIA Novosti agency reported that his funeral would be held on May 2 or May 3.

Based on reporting by TASS, RIA Novsti, and Zvezda