Foreign Airfield Visit

Moscow (Victory Day Flypast) – Saturday 9th May 2020 (Gavin Maxwell)

POBEDA is Russian For Victory and on May 9th each year there is a massive celebration of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. The reason we celebrate VE Day on May 8th and Russia is May 9th is due to the time difference between Moscow and the UK.

It is a massive show of Russia’s military might with normally thousands of troops, tanks, mobile missile launchers (quarantine stopped that this year) and one aircraft for each year since 1945, so this year was 75 aircraft and 2019 was 74.

It starts from the Kubinka air base west of Moscow and approaches Sheremetyevo before turning south down Leningradsky prospect, flying over Dynamo Stadium towards Tverskaya then over Red Square at about 500 to 1000ft before dispersing and heading west back to Kubinka. All flights from Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo are stopped for a period to allow safe passage for this massive fleet of aircraft.

It starts with the a Mi-26 (Russians call it the flying cow) and 4 Mi8AMT’s which have to fly ahead of the following jets which catch up near Red Square. The tail of this flypast is six Su25 aircraft painting the sky with the red white and blue of the Russian flag.

There are two practice runs prior to the celebration usually the 4th and 7th of May, but this year there was only one on the 4th, however generally the aircraft are the same with possibly a couple of changes on the smaller types. The line-up order today was as follows;

Mil Mi-26 Halo, 05 yellow/RF-93527
Mil Mi-8AMT Hip
Mil Mi-8AMT Hip
Mil Mi-8AMT Hip
Mil Mi-8AMT Hip

Mil Mi-28 Havoc
Mil Mi-28 Havoc
Mil Mi-28 Havoc
Mil Mi-28 Havoc
Mil Mi-28 Havoc

Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B
Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B
Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B
Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B
Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B


Mil Mi-24P Hind-F
Mil Mi-24P Hind-F
Mil Mi-24P Hind-F
Mil Mi-24P Hind-F
Mil Mi-24P Hind-F


Beriev A-50 Mainstay, 42 red/RF-50610 (c/n 00934 84538), 2457 DRLO (Ivanovo)


Ilyushin IL-76 Candid
Ilyushin IL-76 Candid
Ilyushin IL-76 Candid


Ilyushin IL-78 Midas, 78 blue/RF-94281 (c/n 00834 89678), 203rd APSZ (Ryazan)
Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack, 15 red/RF-94108


Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack
Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire-C
Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire-C
Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire-C
Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire-C


Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear-H
Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear-H
Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear-H


Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29SMT Fulcrum-D
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29SMT Fulcrum-D
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29SMT Fulcrum-D
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Fulcrum-B, 59 blue/RF-92114


Sukhoi Su-57 Felon
Sukhoi Su-57 Felon
Sukhoi Su-57 Felon
Sukhoi Su-57 Felon


Sukhoi Su-24SM Fencer
Sukhoi Su-24SM Fencer
Sukhoi Su-24SM Fencer
Sukhoi Su-24SM Fencer

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31K Foxhound, RF-95215/90 red
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31K Foxhound, RF-95217/92 red
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31K Foxhound, RF-92454/93 red
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31K Foxhound, RF-92457/98 red

Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback, 11 red
Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback, 16 red
Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback, 25 red
Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback, 27 red
Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, RF-81744/56 red
Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, RF-81768/57 red
Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, RF-81769/58 red
Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, RF-81770/59 red
Sukhoi Su-27SM Flanker-B
Sukhoi Su-27SM Flanker-B


Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H,, Russian Knights, RF-81704/33 blue
Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, Russian Knights
Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, Russian Knights
Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, Russian Knights
Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, Russian Knights
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Fulcrum-B, Strizi (Swifts), 02 blue
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Fulcrum-B, Strizi (Swifts), 12 blue
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Fulcrum-B, Strizi (Swifts), 15 blue
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Fulcrum-B, Strizi (Swifts), 16 blue


Sukhoi Su-25SM Frogfoot
Sukhoi Su-25SM Frogfoot
Sukhoi Su-25SM Frogfoot
Sukhoi Su-25SM Frogfoot
Sukhoi Su-25SM Frogfoot
Sukhoi Su-25UB Frogfoot

Photo credits: Gavin Maxwell

 

Best regards,

Gavin Maxwell

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