Pilot-Cosmonaut Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin, Hero of the Soviet Union

Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin, circa 1968

14 April 1961: Gagarin is awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

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About Bryan Swopes

Bryan R. Swopes grew up in Southern California in the 1950s–60s, near the center of America's aerospace industry. He has had a life-long interest in aviation and space flight. Bryan is a retired commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor.