Today is Air Force Day

Today is Air Force Day


The Day of the Air Force is celebrated in Russia on August 12 in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 549 of 31 of May 2006 of the Year “On the establishment of professional holidays and commemorative days in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”. This holiday received the status of a memorable day.


It should be noted that paragraph 1 of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 949 of August 29 of August 1997 of the Year “On the Establishment of the Air Force Day” was declared invalid by the aforementioned Decree.

12 August 1912 of the year, the Military Department of Russia issued an order, according to which the State of the aeronautic unit of the General Directorate of the General Staff was put into effect. In commemoration of this event, 12 of August is considered to be the beginning of the creation of Russian military aviation.

At dawn stories The air fleet's main aviation function was reconnaissance. After the appearance of the famous “Ilya Muromets” by I. I. Sikorsky, long-range aviation began to develop.

The USSR Air Force had no equal in the number of combat aircraft, because the “air shield” was supposed to securely cover the “tank sword” and “large fleet” of the Land of Soviets. During the post-war 65 years, Soviet aviation went from plywood piston wartime aircraft to fourth-generation supersonic machines, fought in the skies of Korea, Vietnam, Egypt and Afghanistan.


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