SAMARA, 2 Jun — RIA Novosti, Ekaterina Kalashnikova. The Governor of the Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov has suggested to name one of the planes produced in the region, after the pilot Rafagat Khabibulin, who was killed in Syria, reported the press service of the regional government.
“The Governor of the Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov has taken the initiative to call the name of the Hero of Russia Rafagat Khabibulin one of the new aircraft, manufactured in Ulyanovsk region”, — stated in the message.
As reported by RIA Novosti in the press service of the regional government, the final decision on this issue should take the United aircraft Corporation (UAC), which includes the plant Aviastar-SP, located in Ulyanovsk.
The proposal to name the plane in honor of the hero made the head of the region at the meeting with the relatives of the deceased pilot. The meeting was attended by the widow of the hero of Ramil Khabibulin. She has two sons. The elder son Ruslan was following in the footsteps of his father, serves as the commander of crew of helicopter Mi-8. Junior – Lenar — 11th grade student, also plans to connect his life with the military.
“Rafagat the mahmutovich was a true hero, a true patriot, as befits a Russian Officer with a capital letter. He chose a difficult path – the way of defender of the Motherland. And passed it through. Walked with dignity to the last breath while remaining faithful to the oath and military duty, not poromiv officer’s honor. We — inhabitants of the Ulyanovsk region is proud to Rafagat the mahmutovich were our countrymen” — said at the meeting Sergey Morozov.
The widow of the pilot thanked the head of region to perpetuate the memory of her husband. It is planned that on 3 October in a small country Rafagat Khabibulin in the village of Vyazovaya guy Starokulatkinsky district will be opened a commemorative plaque dedicated to the hero. Before the memorial sign appeared in the district center, the village of Staraya kulatka.
Russian military instructor pilot to Rafagat Khabibulin and Evgeny Dolgin died July 8 in Syria while flying over near Palmyra. On this day, a large group of militants of the banned terrorist organization “Islamic state” attacked the positions of Syrian troops to the East of Palmyra. Breaking through the defense, the terrorists were able to seize the commanding heights. At this time, Khabibulin and Dolgin overflew Syrian helicopters Mi-25. The commander of the crew Khabibulin made the decision to attack the terrorists. Competent actions of the Russian crew of a terrorist attack was thwarted.
To rafagat Khabibulin was buried in his native village of Elm Gai, near the grave of his father. Farewell ceremony with the pilot took place in the Ulyanovsk region, Krasnodar territory, where he served Khabibulin, and the Syzran helicopter Academy, which he graduated. The pilot was posthumously awarded the order “For merits before Fatherland” IV degree (with swords), two orders of Courage, order “For military merit” and regional order “For courage” (Ulyanovsk region).
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