On March 28, a stamp “100th Anniversary of M.L. Gallai(1914–1998), test pilot” will be released into circulation

Mark Lasarevich Gallai (1914–1998) was a Russian test pilot, writer, Hero of the Soviet Union.

For the time of flight operation Gallai utilized 125 types of aircrafts, helicopters and gliders. He was conferred with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1957 for his valor and bravery demonstrated under testing of new aviation equipment.

M.L. Gallai published about 30 scientific papers. He was giving lessons at the Moscow Aviation Institute and Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation.

“Through Invisible Barriers”, his first book, was published in 1960. In 1965 Gallai became a member of the USSR Union of Writers. And since 1975 he has been fully focused on book-writing.

The stamp reflects the portrait of M.L. Gallai against the background of strategic bomber М-3 developed by the Design Bureau n.a. V. Myasishchev, for testing of which Mark Lasarevich Gallai was conferred with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Design: R. Komsa.
Face values: 15 rub.
Stamp size: 42х30 mm; sheet size: 155х162 mm.
Issue form: sheets with illustrated margins with 10 (3х4) stamps and a coupon.
Circulation: 400 thousand stamps (40 thousand sheets).

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