Russian pilot Vladislav Podobny’s Il-76 plane is affectionately called Luchin by locals in Chile, where he’s spending the South American summer putting out devastating wildfires and becoming a folk hero in the process. In an interview with Sputnik Mundo, he shared his thoughts about what it was like to be part of the international effort.
Podobny is deputy commander of an IL-76 aircraft sent by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry to assist the country in coping with the disaster.
A Chilean company has already released a detergent called Super Luchin, named in honor of Russia’s IL-76 that took part in extinguishing forest fires in Chile.
In an interview with Sputnik Mundo, Podobny said that he is already aware of a whole array of memes which emerged in the Internet to give kudos to Russia’s Luchin.
“Yes, I have seen the memes and thanks to you I have also learned about the…