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ZHUKOVSKY, Moscow region, August 12 (Itar-Tass) —— An air show dedicated to the Russian Air Force centenary is over in Zhukovsky, Moscow region.
After the spectacular performance of Russian and foreign aerobatic teams, Mikoyan MiG-29SMT and Sukhoi Su-25SM and Su-27SM3 made in a formation resembling the digit 100, and nine Sukhoi Su-25BM painted the Zhukovsky sky the Russian national flag colors.
Thousands of viewers gathered to watch the air show on the airfield of the Gromov Flight Research Institute on Sunday morning.
Warplanes of the Russian Air Force, DOSAAF aircraft and foreign aerobatics teams from the UK, Italy, France, Poland and Finland presented their skills in the Common Skies show. The viewers saw operative and tactical aircraft, among them Sukhoi Su-24, Su-25, Su-27 and Su-34, Mikoyan MiG-31 and MiG-29 and Yakovlev Yak-130, as well as strategic aircraft, such as Tupolev Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and Tu-160. About 20 aircraft represented military transport and specialized aviation, while army aviation was represented by 20 helicopters – Mil Mi-8, Mi-28, Mi-26 and Mi-35, as well as Kamov Ka-52 and Ansat.
Retro planes, the oldest of them built in 1912, also took part in the show to present an aerobatics performance and an air combat. The planes took off and landed from dirt, just like they did in the beginning of the 20th century, when many airfields had no artificial tarmacs.
The show is over now. Viewers are offered free bus service to parking lots and railroad stations.
The weather has been fine for the air show –the sun has been shining and the light breeze has been blowing.