“I see this as a sign of respect for a real man, a patriot who loved his Motherland and honestly fulfilled his duty as a military man and a citizen,” said Oleg Peshkov’s onetime commander Colonel Yuri Gritsaenko, who will be piloting the newly dedicated Su-34.
On Thursday Oleg Peshkov’s widow was handed her late husband’s award weapon and the Order of Dedication posthumously bestowed upon him by the Syrian government.
Both pilots managed to bail out but the plane’s commander, Oleg Peshkov, was killed from the ground by militants as he descended on a parachute.
Navigator Konstantin Murakhtin survived the descent and was later saved by a rescue team.
Oleg Peshkov was posthumously awarded the Gold Star of Hero of the Russian Federation.