Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Russian fighter aircraft and helicopters rehearse for Victory Day

Dozens of helicopters took to the air and Russia’s elite aerobatic groups Russkiye Vityazi (Knights)and Strizhi (Swifts) flew in a diamond formation during a large-scale Air Force rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day parade at the Kubinka Air Force base near Moscow.

On May 9, Russkiye Vityazi and Strizhi will fly in a nine-aircraft diamond, a signature formation of the two aerobatic groups in which the distance between fighter jets does not exceed one meter.

Other aerobatic maneuvers will not be shown over safety concerns. A total of 125 aircraft will take part in the Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow.

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