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Syria Vets: Russia to Showcase War-Hardened Pilots During V-Day Parade in Moscow

© Sputnik / Ilya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankThe Tu-95 bombers seen flying over Moscow's Red Square during the rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day Parade
The Tu-95 bombers seen flying over Moscow's Red Square during the rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day Parade - Sputnik International
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Almost all the pilots who will be taking part in the upcoming May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow are highly decorated professionals who have flown combat missions in Syria, Russian Aerospace Forces’ Commander, Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.

Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker fighters of the Russian Knights aerobatic team and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters of the Swifts aerobatic team at the military parade to mark the 71st anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War - Sputnik International
Over 70 Aircraft to Participate in WWII Victory Day Parade in Moscow – Commander
“What makes this year so special is that virtually each and every pilot who will take part in the May 9 flyby in Moscow has fought in Syria, is highly decorated and will showcase skills that will make many countries salivate,” Bondarev said in an interview with Rossia 24 TV.

He added that all the participants of the Victory Day parade will be awarded special Victory Day medals.

“There will be something worth watching during tomorrow’s parade. We’ve got to showcase our very best achievements, all the good things we have,” the General emphasized.

Military aircraft back from Syria, flying over Moscow, was one of the most impressive moments of last year’s Victory Day parade on Red Square.

The 2017 Victory Day Parade in Moscow will take place on Red Square on May 9, 2017 to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Similar V-Day military parades are traditionally held in 26 other major cities across Russia.

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