Oleksandr Oksanchenko

Grey Wolf: Ukrainian Air Force Pilot Col. Oleksandr Oksanchenko Killed

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Oleksandr Oksanchenko: Ace Ukrainian Fighter Pilot dies while defending Kyiv. ‘Grey wolf’ Returned From Retirement to Fight Russians. Col.Oleksandr Oksanchenko Honored with ‘HERO OF UKRAINE’ title. Ukrainian Air Force pilot Colonel Oleksandr Okasanchenko nicknamed ”Grey Wolf’ was killed in air combat against the Russians.

Okasanchenko’s jet was shot down over Kyiv by the Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defence Missile System on February 25. He was the Ukrainian Air Force’s display pilot of the Su-27 From 2013 to 2018. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posthumously awarded the pilot with the title of ‘Hero of Ukraine’.

Oksanchenko had to his credit more them two thousand flight hours and flawless performance of the most difficult elements of aerobatic. In 2018, Okasanchenko retired from active duty but continued to serve as a consultant and trainer. Following the Russian attack on Ukraine on February 24, he voluntarily returned to active duty.


Col.Oksanchenko had visited Malta as part of the Air Show display back in 2016. Oksanchenko had gained international fame as the Su-27 Flanker display pilot with the 831st Guards Tactical Aviation Brigade from Myrhorod airbase. He took part in various European air shows including SIAF, Royal International Air Tattoo, and the Czech International Air Fest.

At RIAT 2017, flying the Sukhoi Su-27P1M, he received the ‘As the Crow Flies’ Trophy (FRIAT Trophy). He won in the best overall flying demonstration category, as judged by members of the Friends of the Royal International Air Tattoo.

On March 1, the Ukrainian President’s office announced that Colonel Oleksandr Oksanchenko has been titled ”Hero of Ukraine”.

Ukrainian President’s Office

One of the best fighter pilots in the World, #Ukrainian Colonel Oleksandr Oksanchenko, died in an air battle. He diverted enemy aircraft. President of #Ukraine @ZelenskyyUa awarded Oksanchenko Posthumously with the title of Hero of Ukraine.

After the announcement, tributes poured in for the legendary ”GREY WOLF”. The Malta Aviation Society, which organizes the airshow, described Oksanchenko as a ”humble, great and cheerful type of guy”.

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