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Day of the Air Force of Russia

Faster, higher, stronger - this Olympic motto can be applied to the Russian Air Force, which celebrate their professional holiday on August 12. It is celebrated on the basis of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation "On the establishment of the Day of the Air Force" No. 949 of August 29, 1997. The August date with small calendar modifications can be considered the "successor" of the Day aviation THE USSR.

Day of the Air Force of Russia

On that day, in the distant 1912 year, Russian Emperor Nicholas II, by his decree, formed in Russia the first military aviation unit, which was subordinated to the General Staff. The Imperial Air Force (1910-1917) was considered one of the best fleets in the world, and for good reason. Equipment, professional pilots, effective training system. After the October Revolution, everything had to start virtually from scratch.

The Great Patriotic War dealt a serious blow to the country's air force. Because of the surprise attack by the Hitlerites (at least official reports are coming out of surprise) against our country in June 1941, more than 2 thousand aircraft were destroyed - many of them simply burned out at home-based airfields. The Soviet military aviation fleet was actually drained of blood.

Despite the heavy losses, Soviet front-line aviation was able to maintain its combat capability. In a short time managed to establish mass production of aircraft. By mid-summer 1943, Russian aviation firmly gained strategic air supremacy (photo 2). Prior to this, back in 1941, with significant problems with technical equipment, Soviet pilots departed from the territory of the Baltic states to attack Berlin. For the Nazis, those Soviet raids were a real shock. And let them not lead to significant damage, but had an important psychological effect for all aircraft and not only.

During the war years, the Soviet Air Force made about more than 3,1 thousand combat missions and caused the enemy great damage in manpower and equipment. In air battles and at airfields, 57 thousand enemy aircraft were destroyed. These are really impressive numbers.
During the war, Soviet pilots used over 600 air and about 500 "fire" rams. Air battles from the group often turned into air battles with the participation of large aviation forces. For the successful fulfillment of command missions, courage and bravery, over 200 thousand pilots were awarded orders and medals of the USSR.

After the end of the war, the Soviet government made a decision on the modernization of the air force, as now said. So, in the post-war period there was a transition from piston aviation to jet aircraft, the organizational structure of units and connections was updated. And here it is impossible not to express gratitude to the outstanding Soviet designers who forged the success of aviation.
The collapse of the USSR made its sad adjustments to the development of aviation. More precisely, about any development in 90-x it was no longer going. Began to cut - cut to the living. However, the trend was able to break. How much work and money it cost, so far no expert will give accurate estimates.

In the 2015 year, in accordance with the decree of the President of Russia, the Air Force was merged with the troops of the Aerospace Defense and made up a new type of troops - the Air Force of the Russian Federation (RF Aerospace Force).

The official reason for the creation of the VKS was voiced by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu: “The formation of the VKS by connecting the air force and the VKO troops is the best way to improve the country's aerospace defense system. This allows, first of all, to concentrate in one hands all the responsibility for the formation of a military-technical policy for the development of troops solving tasks in the aerospace sphere, secondly, due to closer integration, to increase the effectiveness of their use, thirdly, to ensure progressive development of the country's aerospace defense system.

The aerospace forces of the Russian Federation have already proved in practice their high efficiency, 30 September 2015, the VKS started combat missions in the framework of Russia's military operation in Syria.

Russia was able to ensure the successful conduct of the operation at such a remote theater of operations, and most importantly ensure the necessary logistics. The Syrian authorities say that it was Russian aviation that made it possible to change the course of military operations in Syria, which was threatened by the repetition of the Libyan scenario.

Fighting was carried out in the format of air strikes, conducting aerial reconnaissance. During the operation, the newest multifunctional fighters, such as the Su-30CM, Su-35С, and the front bombers Su-34, were used for the first time, the strategic aviation machines Tu-160 and Tu-95MS, which launched the latest X-555 and X cruise missiles -101 on objects of terrorists.

The twenty-four-hour combat mode and the high rate of strikes were a surprise to outside observers and experts, not to mention the terrorists themselves.

NATO analysts conduct combat operations of the VKS in Syria as highly efficient due to the skill of the pilots and the capabilities of the Russian aircraft. Many servicemen have been awarded high awards. Unfortunately, a number of pilots - posthumously. In March 2016, part of the air group was removed from the place of deployment in connection with the implementation of the tasks, however, even today, airplanes and the Russian Federation Air Force keep saying their weighty word in the fight against terrorism in the SAR.

Today, Russian military aviation carries out defense, strategic and reconnaissance tasks. As part of the Russian Air Force - long-range, front-line, military transport and army aviation. Timely updated weapons and military equipment.
“More than 100 units of the latest aviation technology will go to Russian aviation units in the 2017 year,” said Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Force Viktor Bondarev.

Under the State Armaments Program (2011-2020), it is planned to purchase more than 600 aircraft and 1100 helicopters for all types of Armed Forces, and so far this program has been implemented in its aviation unit sequentially.
Winged defenders of the Fatherland, engineers and designers, technicians and workers of the aviation industry have always been the epitome of courage, talent and hard work. The names of the best of them have become national and world heritage.

Air force troops are among the elite troops in Russia - by right! Happy holiday, aviation!
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  1. svp67
    svp67 12 August 2017 03: 52
    My personal congratulations to all former and current servicemen of the Russian Aerospace Forces !!! You are GOOD. The country is Proud of you.

    1. Aleksey7777777
      Aleksey7777777 12 August 2017 05: 27
      Happy Holiday, Guys !!!
    2. Spartanez300
      Spartanez300 12 August 2017 05: 54
      Happy holiday to you military pilots, health to you and superiority in the sky !!! drinks soldier
      1. 210ox
        210ox 12 August 2017 06: 10
        Our falcons, with the holiday of you! hi drinks Descendants of Chkalov and Pokryshkin, Kozhedub and Gagarin, Kokkinaki and Ilyushin! Be worthy of your grandfathers and great-grandfathers!
        1. vladimirZ
          vladimirZ 12 August 2017 07: 25
          Happy Military Aviation of all former and present aviators! Health to all and longevity! Happy holiday, colleagues on the site!
    3. vovanpain
      vovanpain 12 August 2017 07: 39
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    4. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 12 August 2017 13: 27
      Happy Holidays for all flyers and those who work on aircraft maintenance !!! This is a very hard and responsible work.
      1. Sling cutter
        Sling cutter 12 August 2017 13: 33
        All Aviators on the Holiday, and on the 18th we congratulate again !!!!
  2. Amurets
    Amurets 12 August 2017 06: 08
    Happy holiday! Aviators. And especially all those who served in the communications battalion of the Zavitinsk airfield.
  3. Hoc vince
    Hoc vince 12 August 2017 06: 15
    Let good luck always be there,
    For heaven to be clear forever.
  4. erlikon
    erlikon 12 August 2017 07: 13
    I congratulate all former and current aviators and aircraft manufacturers on this holiday! As well as all who served in military unit 23340 in 76-78 years!
  5. EvgNik
    EvgNik 12 August 2017 08: 23
    Happy holiday guys! But how did it all begin?

  6. aviator65
    aviator65 12 August 2017 11: 18
    Let the number of take-offs always coincide with the number of landings!
    Happy holiday, men!
  7. 12 August 2017 12: 06
    I join in the congratulations!!! hi
    HOLIDAY, MEN !!! drinks
  8. newcomer
    newcomer 12 August 2017 12: 07
    our aviation_ our pride. Happy holiday to all our military pilots, both former and present.
  9. VIT101
    VIT101 12 August 2017 13: 09
    On the celebration of Aviation Day on August 12, a bad memory, Boris Yeltsin signed a decree in defiance of the Soviet holiday - August 18. Everyone who was seriously connected with Soviet aviation will celebrate on August 18th. And today is a holiday for everyone else.
    1. dauria
      dauria 12 August 2017 18: 40
      in spite of the Soviet holiday - August 18.

      Well, well ... who is seriously connected, celebrated the third Sunday of August. Those who served before the 80th may 18th. In general, modestly celebrated, without state. scope and support - until the evening holiday building (usually at 20-00 a check was arranged) you will not cut too much, and after that it’s too late.
  10. pvv113
    pvv113 12 August 2017 14: 16
    I congratulate all those who have connected fate with the Air Force on the Holiday!
  11. Masya masya
    Masya masya 12 August 2017 14: 36
    Happy Holiday !!! love
  12. Fitter65
    Fitter65 12 August 2017 14: 39
    By the will of God and Heaven, he served in the Air Force !!!!! Where he served for 31 years, 10 months and 9 days. No one can do without us !!!!! Long live the Air Force !!!
  13. Golddigger 96
    Golddigger 96 12 August 2017 16: 17
    Congratulations to everyone who is somehow connected with the Air Force, he himself served an urgent term in Savasleyka 1, military unit 65393 at 148 PLC of PLC.
    HEATHER 12 August 2017 16: 55
    Happy Holiday and us! Techno! Although our holiday is February 25th, but we are all together! fellow
  15. dauria
    dauria 12 August 2017 17: 53
    57 thousand enemy aircraft were destroyed. These are truly impressive numbers.

    Yes, you should not say that. And so - "These are two-thirds of all the planes lost by the Luftwaffe." One third falls on all the rest for 6 years - the French, British, Poles, Americans, even Finns with Romanians and “heroic” Negroes (and they glorify such people, modestly keeping silent about the “Soviets”). And more often they interpret this simple thought with this simple and clear figure - the USSR has broken the ridge of the Nazis. And each time, as soon as they begin to tweet about how they "liberated the world", to poke this uncomfortable question "Dap-dap?"
  16. midshipman
    midshipman 12 August 2017 18: 25
    Happy holiday pilots.
    I’ve been working for aviation since 1963, created as Ch. The designer is a series of weapons and military equipment that have been adopted by the country. He was awarded the first order upon presentation by Gen. Designer P. Sukhoi. I have the honor.
  17. RoTTor
    RoTTor 12 August 2017 19: 17
    Two holidays are better than none.
    BUT DAY OF AVIATION was, is and will be on August 18.
    And what kind of mania is this - add tsarism to everything?
  18. Bort radist
    Bort radist 12 August 2017 19: 53
    Happy Air Force and VKS! Air Force Day is celebrated on the night of August 12-18. V / H 06965 urgent 75-77g.
    1. HEATHER
      HEATHER 12 August 2017 21: 14
      [b] Air Force Day is celebrated on the night of August 12-18. Original! Like my anniversary. The same lasts almost six days! wassat drinks
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  19. Siberia 9444
    Siberia 9444 13 August 2017 03: 21
    Happy holiday flyers drinks We saw what a handsome Siberian restored hi
  20. 9lvariag
    9lvariag 13 August 2017 11: 15
    All aviators of the Air Force and Navy of the Russian Federation with a holiday. Peaceful blue sky to you.
  21. Doliva63
    Doliva63 13 August 2017 20: 44
    For some reason I always celebrated the 18th - I didn’t read the Internet, probably laughing
    And then, by the middle of summer, the 43rd Russian aviation was no longer there, it was Soviet. It is fundamentally.
    VOENOBOZ 13 August 2017 20: 48
    Congratulations to the SHMASA of the people of 1977 on Aviation Day.
  23. pavelty
    pavelty 15 August 2017 11: 52
    Maybe I'm wrong ... but "During the war years, the Soviet Air Force made about 3,1 thousand sorties" Is that for sure?
    1. BLOND
      BLOND 8 February 2018 11: 21
      Quote: pavlentiy
      Maybe I'm wrong ... but "During the war years, the Soviet Air Force made about 3,1 thousand sorties" Is that for sure?

      over 200 thousand pilots were awarded orders and medals