Monday, June 26, 2017

Museum dedicated to Soviet pilot Grigori Rechkalov to open in Zaikova

The village of Zaikova in the Sverdlovsk region's Irbitsky district announced on Monday that it will begin construction of a museum to honor Grigori Rechkalov, a Soviet military pilot whose efforts helped bring down more than 60 enemy planes during World War II.

"For a variety of historical circumstances, the name... Rechkalov undeservedly [has been] forgotten," Sverdlovsk Chairman Denis Pasler said, according to ITAR-TASS. "Studying the history of the Great Patriotic War, all of us, and I am no exception, remember aces Kozheduba and Pokryshkina. Though our brother also shot down dozens of enemy aircraft, survived and has written four books, to convey your unique experience. We will find a way to allocate funds for the establishment of museum..."

The idea to construct a museum devoted to Rechkalov was first presented by Galina Lobanov, a senior fellow at the Institute of Ural Regional Museum Projects.

"The idea of the museum is to break the traditional view: born, married and died," Lobanov said, ITAR-TASS reports. "Rechkalov Museum must be modern [and] exciting [to] hearts of young people."

Plans call for the entrance of the museum to be fashioned to look like an aircraft cockpit, such as one from the P-39 Airacobra plane which Rechkalov piloted during World War II. The first room of the museum will contain an interactive diorama of Rechkalov's air combat career. A second room will depict the pilot's early life in rural Russian villages.

The museum is expected to open on May 9, 2015, to commemorate the 70th Victory Day, according to ITAR-TASS.