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    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
    • Flying the Friendly Skies: Russia Celebrates Army Aviation Day
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    MI-8 helicopters over the Trans-Baikal training site "Tsugol", where the main stage of the military maneuvers of the Russian and Chinese armed forces "Vostok-2018" was held.

    For more than a half a century of its history, army aviation and its crews have visited all the “hot spots” around Russia and places far beyond the country’s borders.

    The founding day of Russian army aviation is considered to be October 28, 1948, when the first aviation squadron equipped with helicopters was formed in Serpukhov, Moscow Region.

    It marked the beginning of army aviation as a separate branch of the air forces, that usually is comprised of helicopters and light support fixed-wing aircraft.

    Helicopter aviation was at first called auxiliary as its mission was to transport goods, fire fighting, reconnaissance, and communications. However, as the technology evolved, helicopters have turned into formidable weapon systems in their own right.

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