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Valeriy Dergal Presentation
September 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Valeriy Dergal flew with the Soviet Air Forces and upon the collapse of the Soviet Union he served with the Ukrainian Air Force. He is a highly trained and skilled combat pilot and instructor who has flown a number of fighter jets including a MiG-21. The program features a viewing of the Museum’s MiG-21.
About Valeriy Dergal
Valeriy Dergal was born in a small town in Ukraine (former Soviet Union). He graduated at the top of his class from Air Force University in Kharkov, Ukraine, with the rank of Air Force Lieutenant.
With 300 hours of flight time he mastered two types of aircraft,
L-39 jet trainer and MiG-21 jet fighter, proficient in formation flying, group flights, air combat and aerobatic maneuvers.
He served as an instructor and later transferred to the Soviet Air Forces Combat Squadrons and served at various bases across Asia. Dergal graduated from the Gagarin Air Force Academy and ultimately achieved the position of Head of Air Tactical Training in Siberia before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Following Ukraine Independence in 1990, Dergal served as a Regiment Commander, Ukrainian Air Force as Head/Chief of Combat Training, training pilots of the Falcons demonstration team. He retired from military service in 1999 at the rank of Colonel.
About Our MiG-21
One of the most extensively built and widely used aircraft in the world, the MiG-21 has served in the former Soviet Union Air Forces and more than twenty associate countries.
The Museum’s MiG-21F was delivered to the Museum in 1990, and bears the markings of the North Vietnamese Air Force.
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