Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin had always been thought of as an ideal man, always with a smile on his face, the symbol of the country, hero of the nation. He was taken so much care of and was so highly valued that for the long period of time he could not do what he liked most – he could not fly. Many historians believe it was the reason why he finally crashed performing his training flight on the MIG-15UTI – he simply had no enough practice.

What kind of a person he really was? What was he dreaming about and what did he like?

You are about to see some rare photos of Yuri Gagarin where he appears as an ordinary Soviet man, father and friend, a person who likes various normal activities like fishing and hunting.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Gagarin as a photographer, autumn 1965.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

At the party for cosmonauts in spring 1965.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Recreation after the flight in the Crimea, summer 1961.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

The Crimea, 1961.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin in the company of his daughters.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Giving a hug to Fidel Castro.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Somewhere abroad. After his most important flight he visited dozens of countries.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

As a captain of the hockey team of cosmonauts, 1963.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Still fit two years after the flight. Summer, 1963.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

The gift from the French company Matra – Matra Djet, 1965.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

As an imposing owner of the black “Volga”, 1967.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Hunting, 1966.

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin and his daughters – Galya and Lena.

Two days before the flight he wrote a very sentimental letter to his wife Valentina. He knew what risk he had to take and he could not help thinking that maybe he would never see his family again. He asked his wife to share his happiness and wish him luck. He wrote how much he trusted the equipment he had to deal with howhere he understood that anything could happen. “Grow our children as decent members of the new communistic society, the government will help you. Live your own personal life true to your conscience. I do not impose any obligations upon you, I have no right to do that. I hope we will be together soon and be happy again. Please, do not forget about my parents, help them if necessary, they do not know anything about this flight, and they actually should not. Kiss and hugs. You daddy, Yura. 10.04.1961”.

That letter was read by Valentina only seven years after her husband’s death  – in March, 27th, 1968.

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9 thoughts on “Ordinary Soviet Man: Yuri Gagarin”

  1. his death was caused by other pilot in second airplane. he flew near Gagarins airplane at high speed. that second pilot is soviet union war hero and party decide that is best to close case. whole story was revealed in past few months by president Putin act to let investigators to read top secret info. second pilot is sick and old (over 90) today .

  2. No war hero is a true hero, for killing or supporting killers is heroic, it is the egos journey. too bad so many men are so confused about killing, pollution, porn. it shows how much diseased men are in all over the world

  3. Looks for sure he had fun and happy life. I am sure he is looking down at the space program with a smile,he has three comrades in space (unofficially maybe four or five :))on board the space station. Also Russia has just fired up a brand new spaceport and space X is kicking ass in the US.

  4. an incredible man…i loved the pic with fidel…nonone can say the opposite, he did somethin that never could in thouse days….rest in peace my comrade….

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