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Tuan, Pham

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Born: 1947 AD
Currently alive, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: Vietnamese
Categories: Cosmonaut

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1947 - Born on the 14th of February in Quoc Tuan, Thai Binh, Vietnam.

1965 - He joined the VPAF, or Vietnam People's Air Force.

1972 - He is claimed to have shot down a United States B-52 bomber over Hanoi while flying a MiG-21 (the USAF does not acknowledge the claim), becoming the first and only pilot ever to do so.

1975 - Commissioned as a combat officer, fighting in the Vietnam War against US fighter jets from then onwards.

1979 - He was selected as part of the sixth international crew for the Intercosmos programme on April.

1980 - Along with Soviet cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko, was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on the 23rd of July, on board Soyuz 37.

       - He was in space for 7 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes. He completed 142 orbits, and was recovered on July.

2007 - He is now a Lieutenant General, Head of the General Department of Defence Industry of the Ministry of Defence, and a member of the National Assembly.

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