“His life is a real example of devoted service to the Fatherland,” Putin said.
The president recalled that during the Great Patriotic War, Kulpov passed through a combat path to East Prussia, where he fought “wing to wing” with the French pilots of the Normandie-Niemen air regiment.
“You also had the opportunity to fight in the skies of Korea, where you also displayed exceptional courage, heroism, and outstanding aerobatic skills,” the congratulations read.
The head of state expressed confidence that Kulpov understands the value of true friendship and brotherhood in arms in the fight for a just cause. The President also highlighted his many years of social and educational activities, which preserve the historical truth.
In conclusion, the head of Russia wished the veteran good health, prosperity, good cheer and all the best.
Nikolai Kulpov began his frontline journey in May 1943 after an aviation school in the city of Molotov (now Perm). He made 57 starts. For the first 15 successful sorties, he was awarded the medal “For Military Merit”, then he was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War. During the 1950-1953 Korean War, Nikolai Kulpov repeatedly flew to intercept American aircraft, shooting down two new invulnerable fighters and one B-29 bomber. For his participation in the hostilities in Korea, he was awarded the Order of the Red Star.
After the service, he worked for more than ten years at the Gazstroydetal plant, and then taught military sciences for almost 20 years at the transport construction mechanical school.