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    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
    • Flying High: Day-to-Day Life of Russia's Air Forces
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    Russian multi-purpose Su-27 fighter aircrafts during demonstration flights on open house day in the aviation regiment of the South-Eastern Military District in honor of the 105th anniversary of the Russian Air Force.

    On August 12, Russia celebrates Air Force Day, an annual professional holiday. Sputnik offers you a look into the branch's daily life as well as military driils and festive activities.

    Russia's present-day air forces were formed from parts of the Soviet forces in the 1990s. Initially, the Air Forces were mostly used for intelligence purposes, but then their functions gradually broadened and now the Russian military's Air Forces guarantee the safety of the country's borders as well as engage in various international missions.

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