Gagarin Air Force Academy


Gagarin Air Force Academy
Эмблема ВВА имени Ю.А. Гагарина.jpg
TypeMilitary Academy for Aviation
Studentsfuture high-ranking military personnel for the Russian Air Force.
Monino (Монино), Moscow Region.

Gagarin Air Force Academy (Russian: Военно-воздушная академия имени Ю. А. Гагарина) is a Russian military aviation academy located in Monino, Moscow Oblast.

The academy is one of the leading military educational institutions preparing high-ranking military personnel for the Russian Air Force.

Among the academy alumni are around 700 Heroes of the Soviet Union (highest award in the USSR), more than 10 cosmonauts, and over 2000 military specialists from 21 foreign countries.[1]

The schools provides regiment and division-level commanding officers to fill commanding, staff, navigation, logistics, communications and radar-support positions.[2]

Alternative academy names in the English-language literature include Yuri Gagarin Military Air Academy and Yuri Gagarin Air Force Academy. In conversational speech often simply referred to as Gagarin Academy or Monino Academy.

By late 2008, this academy and the N. Zhukovsky Aviation Engineering Academy both merged to become the Gagarin-Zhukovsky Military Combined Air Force Academy, but it still retains its Monino campus. Later in 2011 the Monino campus was closed.


The academy was founded in 1940. It was named Air Force Academy in 1946. In 1968 it was named after Yuri Gagarin (Гагарин, Юрий Алексеевич).[3]

In 2008, Gagarin Air Force Academy was amalgamated with the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy (Russian: Военно-воздушная инженерная академия имени профессора Н.Е. Жуковского).[4]

The new academy was titled "Zhukovsky – Gagarin Air Force Academy" – a federal government military educational institution of higher education run by the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Since 2010 the full name is Russian Air Force Military Educational and Scientific Center "Air Force Academy named after Professor N.E. Zhukovsky and Y.A. Gagarin".

For the latest history of the academy see the article on Zhukovsky – Gagarin Air Force Academy

Leadership (Superintendent – commander and senior officer)

General Nikolai Skomorokhov at the 1974 October Revolution Parade.

Notable faculty

  • Sergei Gulyev – Doctor of Military Sciences, professor.
  • Alexander Drozhzhin – Doctor of Military Sciences, professor.
  • Alexei Zaitsev [ru] – professor, Major-General retired.
  • Grigory Lavrik – Honored Scientist of Russia, Doctor of Military Sciences, professor.
  • Georgy Molokanov – Honored Scientist of Russia, Doctor of Technical Sciences, professor.
  • Valentin Rog – Doctor of Military Sciences, professor.
  • Ivan Timokhovich – Doctor of Historical Sciences, professor, Major-General of aviation.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ Военно-воздушная академия (Air Force Academy)
  2. ^ Top-level school for military flyers Vladimir Vasyutin, Military Parade Volume 18 Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Авиация: Энциклопедия. – М.: Great Russian Encyclopedia (Russian: Большая Российская Энциклопедия). Главный редактор Г.П. Свищев. 1994.
  4. ^ РАСПОРЯЖЕНИЕ Правительства РФ от 07.03.2008 N 283-р Archived 14 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine (Russian Government Directive).
  5. ^ Urribarres, Ruben. "Cuban Aviators, II Part • Rafael Del Pino Diaz". Cuban Aviation. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  • Герои Советского Союза, окончившие ВВА имени Ю. А. Гагарина (A list of the academy alumni – Heroes of the Soviet Union)

Coordinates: 55°50′34″N 38°10′53″E / 55.84278°N 38.18139°E / 55.84278; 38.18139