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Where? Russia, several airbases
When? 07-08/2012

The 100th anniversary of the Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily Rossii - ВВС России) in August 2012 was celebrated with a huge airshow at Moscow Zhukovsky. Loads of aircraft from all eras filled the sky during the parade and for different solo displays.

As the show included aircraft from parts all over Russia all those machines had to be moved closer to the Russian capital prior to the show. A rare opportunity to visit some of the airfields around Moscow that were used as a base for these aircraft was offered before the actual event and of course fully exploited. One stop was Kubinka, home of the Swifts and the Russian Knights display teams flying the MiG-29 and Su-27 Flanker. Thus they are used to international visits, though a bit more than just a static display would have been nice...

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Russia Yak 130 8748 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Su 25 8744 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Russia Su 25 9657 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Su 27 8766 Zeitler 100 67 85
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However, the next stops on the way brought from the old and trusted Antonov An-2 up to the latest version of the MiG-29 and incarnations of the Suchoi Su-27 family Russian aircraft filling the sky:

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Russia An 2 9072 Zeitler 100 67 85
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1Russia MiG 29 8977 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Russia MiG 29 7837 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia MiG 29 7859 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia MiG 29 8970 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Russia Su 27 8969 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Russia Su 27 7747 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Su 27 7781 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Su 27 7795 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Su 27 7831 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Hitting the right day at the right airfield not only saw flight training of a T-95 Bear long range bomber, but also the arrival and display rehearsal of MiG-29 9-13s, a three-ship of Su-27S and some Su-34 "Fullback".

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Russia Su 34 7729 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Russia Su 34 8014 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Su 34 9101 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Su 34 7681 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Russia Su 34 8016 Zeitler 100 67 85
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The long-range – or strategic – bombers Tu-95 Bear and the most impressive Tu-160 Blackjack did not need to move closer to Moscow, thus the trip to their base was a bit longer, but of course well worth it. Seeing these massive machines being handled and in action can't be easily described, thus I hope the images do justice:

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Russia Tu 22 8060 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 22 9191 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 22 9205 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 22 9218 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 0117 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Russia Tu 95 0177 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 8797 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 8983 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Russia Tu 160 9938 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Russia Tu 160 8904 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 160 8944 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 160 8994 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 160 9907 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Russia Tu 95 0171 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 0191 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Russia Tu 95 9008 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9146 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9168 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9171 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9206 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9280 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9342 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Russia Tu 95 7944 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9052 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9081 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 95 9987 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 160 8809 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Russia Tu 160 8990 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 160 9001 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Furthermore the base collection at Engels Air Base or Ryazan provided some nice displays of former "Long Range Aviation" aircraft, which means bombers, training and transport planes:

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Russia Museum 8790 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 9753 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 9754 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 9756 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 9765 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 9771 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 9818 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 9823 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Russia Museum 7617 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 8886 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 8889 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 8902 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 8915 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Museum 8918 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Last but not least helicopters of all kinds did also participate in the festivities. A big formation of different types including the Mi-17 "Hip", Mi-24 "Hind", Ka-50 "Hokum" and Ka-52 "Alligator" was led by the huge Mi-26 "Halo", and a display team of Mi-28 "Havoc" gave a nice presentation.

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Russia Mi 171 8462 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 171 9582 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 24 9303 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 24 9392 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9401 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 26 8419 Zeitler 700 470 90
Russia Mi 26 8419 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 26 9366 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 26 9604 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 8534 Zeitler 700 470 90
Russia Mi 28 8534 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 8624 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 8639 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9454 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9536 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9573 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9462 Zeitler 700 470 90
Russia Mi 28 9462 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9468 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9472 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9475 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Mi 28 9484 Zeitler 100 67 85
ZRussia Mi 28 8425 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Ka 52 8307 Zeitler 700 470 90
Russia Ka 52 8307 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Ka 52 8338 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Ka 52 8437 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Ka 52 8439 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Ka 52 8711 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Ka 52 9617 Zeitler 100 67 85

And apart from many, many Russian jets and helicopters there were apart from some rare sights of Russian (or shall I say Soviet-build) airliners also the numerous preserved MiGs along the way and some nice evenings in Russias capital, Moscow:

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Russia Tu 134 8177 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 154 8079 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Tu 154 8252 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Yak 42 8163 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Yak 42 8286 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Gateguards 8877 Zeitler 700 470 90
Russia Gateguards 8877 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Gateguards 9257 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Gateguards 9273 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Gateguards 9290 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Gateguards 9377 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Gateguards 9429 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Gateguards 9747 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia M 4 9236 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Moskau 8804 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Russia Moskau 8810 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Moskau 8827 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Moskau 8831 Zeitler 100 67 85
Russia Moskau 8835 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Some more photos in high resolution can be found furthermore on the following links at

Airfighters.com

Airliners.net

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