They became world famous and Russia is proud of them.
Valentina Grizodubova (April 27, 1909, Kharkov – April 28, 1993, Moscow) was a Soviet pilot, the participant of the Great Patriotic War, the first woman awarded Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of Socialist Labor titles. For the first time Valentina rose up into the sky at the age of 2.5 on an airplane, which was made by her father, who was an inventor.
In October 1937, Grizodubova set 5 world records on light airplanes. And in September 1938 together with aviators Polina Osipenko and Marina Raskova made a nonstop flight from Moscow to the Far East. It was the International Women’s distance record flight of 6540 km in 26 hours 29 minutes. During World War II the aviator only in May 1943 made 200 combat flights (132 of them at night).