The Flight Research Institute was founded on March 8,1941, in accordance with the Act of the Sovnarkom (Council of People Commissars) of the USSR and the Central Committee of the All-Russian Communist Party (of Bolshevists). Mikhail Mikhailovich Gromov, a legendary test pilot and a Hero of the Soviet Union, became its first chief. From the very beginning the Institute has been meant to perform the following jobs: participation in development and testing of aircraft and airborne systems, and conduction of flight research in order to pave the way to further scientific activities. The first years of the Institute's existence fell on the Great Patriotic War, the hardest of times for the whole country. But it is in these days that versatility of the Institute's functions and resources manifested itself the brightest. During the war, the experts of the Institute kept developing recommendations with respect to maintenance of the highest possible level of the aircraft's' military characteristics, controlled flight trials of the experimental prototypes, aided to combat troops, studied the foreign aircraft and equipment, both purchased and taken as trophies.
Jet Propulsion Aviation After the end of war all aircraft industry aimed at the soonest possible establishment of jet propulsion aviation. More >>>
Space Flights Because of the unique experience accumulated by the Institute during all the years of its theoretical and experimental activities it was invited to participate in preparation and development of space flights. More >>>
Integrated Aviation Systems From the very beginning, the Institute was meant to become an integrated research facility capable to solve every problem in every field connected with aircraft creation and production. More >>>
The Institute's Experimental Facilities The Gromov Institute's airfield is one of the largest in the world. Its concrete surfacing covers the area of 2.5 million square kilometers. More >>>