She went to Ordzhonikidzegrad Engineering College in Bryansk and became a welding technician in 1937. In 1938, she became a welding teacher in Dniprodzerzhynsk. There, she learned how to fly at the local aeroclub. She later learned how to be a flight instructor and began training pilots. She joined the military in December 1941.
About Antonina Khudyakova
Soviet pilot and World War II hero who fought on the Eastern Front. She was known for being the senior lieutenant and deputy squadron leader of the 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, also known as the Night Witches. She completed 926 sorties in total.
She was born in Novaya Sloboda, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire. She came from a peasant family. In 1957, she moved to Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukraine where she stayed until her death in 1998.
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She trained at the Engels Military Aviation School named after the author and philosopher Friedrich Engels.
She was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union and Order of Lenin in May 1946. She served as chairman of the Teykovsky District DOSAV Committee from 1949 to 1951. She was admitted into the Communist Party in 1952.