Valery Pavlovich Chkalov

Valery Pavlovich Chkalov (20/01/1904 – 15/12/1938). Sadly he died at a young age.
He was a Soviet test pilot, brigade commander, Hero of the Soviet Union.
The crew commander of the aircraft that made the first non-stop flight over the North Pole from Moscow to America in 1937.
He was an honoured Motorsport referee and keen motorcyclist.
A year after his death during the testing of a new fighter plane, in December 1939, the first Chkalovsky motocross race took place, named in his honour and memory.

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