Mikhail Petrovich Simonov (Mijail Símonov) (Михаил Симонов) (Rostov-on-Don, 1930 - Moscow, 2011) Russian aircraft designer. Simonov started working as an aviation engineer in the 1950s and joined the OKB Sukhoi design bureau as a deputy chief designer in 1970; since 1983, after serving as deputy minister of aircraft industries in 1979-1983, he worked on the Su-24, Su-25 and the famous Su-27; he also worked on the Su-30, Su-33, bomber Su-34, y sportive acrobatic Su-26, Su-26M, Su-29, Su-31 and Su-49. Simonov also played a key role in winning lucrative contracts to sell Su-27s to China, India and other foreign customers.
"I will never forget the first display flight of the Su-27 in Paris, organized by the British Aerospace along with designers and test pilots of the Sukhoi Design Bureau, - recalls John Farlight - a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force. - Victor Pugachev was turning his Su-27 360-deg in 10 seconds, the average rate of turn - 36 deg/sec. At that time we could only hope that our next-generation fighter could achieve 25 deg/sec. 
At a flight demonstrations of civilian aircraft, Mikhail Simonov said: “Fighter jets are nothing; here is our future!” 
Simonov received a Lenin prize (1974) and two state prizes along with the "Order of the Red Banner" during the Soviet times, and was awarded with the "Hero of Russia medal" in 1999.  His name can be found in the Hall of Fame of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.