The 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade was a parade that took place in Red Square in Moscow on 9 May 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. The annual parade marks the Allied victory in the Second World War at the Eastern Front, on the same day as the signing of the German act of capitulation to the Allies in Berlin, at midnight of 9 May 1945 (Russian time). President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin delivered his twelfth holiday address to the nation on this day, right after the parade inspection that was presided by Minister of Defense General of the Army Sergey Shoygu.
Being a landmark jubilee parade honoring the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in the European continent, the 2015 parade was the largest and most lavish held in Russian history. Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, was the 2015 commander. In addition to troops of the Russian Federation, 1,300 troops from 10 foreign countries were also on parade, including contingents from China, India, Serbia, and Mongolia, all four countries making their first appearance at a Russian Victory Day parade.
Following the official parade, over 500,000 Russians and foreign attendees marched through central Moscow in commemoration of those who perished and those who survived World War II. The Moscow leg of this parade, which is an annual Victory Day tradition called the March of the Immortal Regiment and observed in numerous other Russian cities and in several other countries, was led by President Putin whose father served during the war. It is estimated that up to 12 million Russians participated nationwide in the 2015 March of the Immortal Regiment.
Old video but still interesting. Squadron of Mig’s-21 landing on highway strip in Poland. Take off’s after refueling and rearming. Scenes from polish movie “Miedzy niebem a ziemia”
405 Tons Weight Airplane Stuck in Mud and Snow and Want to Go Out. You Guess, its Antonov An-124 Ruslan
This great video shows the biggest serial produced cargo aircraft in the world, stuck in the mud mixed with usual Russian covering….snow. Is there anything worst can happen to any car driver, if car is not specialized for Off road condition? This giant, An-124 Ruslan is not prepared for this conditions on road….or off road, for sure. Its happen sometimes that airplane be out of runway, but you must agree that any other aircraft is possible to push back with truck or specialized car and back jet to proper position .Ruslan is 405,000 kg (893,000 lb) weight (normal or max. takeoff weight) but engines are strong, 4 × Progress D-18T turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) each. It was the first engine in the USSR that could deliver more than 20,000 kgf (~44,000 lbf or ~196 kN) of thrust.
Pilot push all four strong engine to high level, to try to reach the concrete near the mud area. See the video:
A Russian jet shot down a Georgian reconnaissance drone flying over Abkhazia on 20 April 2008. However, Russia denied responsibility for the incident and Abkhazia claimed that the drone was shot down by an “L-39 aircraft of the Abkhaz Air Force”. An allegation of an attack by a NATO MiG-29 Fulcrum was made by the Russia’ Ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin. NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer commented that “he’d eat his tie if it turned out that a NATO MiG-29 had magically appeared in Abkhazia and shot down a Georgian drone.” On 26 May 2008, a United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) investigation concluded that the jet belonged to the Russian Air Force; it was either a MiG-29 Fulcrum or a Su-27 Flanker
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Russian: МиГ-25) (NATO reporting name “Foxbat”) is a high-supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft designed by the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau. First flown as a prototype in 1964, it entered service in 1970. With a top speed of Mach 3.2, a powerful radar and four air-to-air missiles, the MiG-25 worried Western observers and prompted development of the F-15 Eagle.
The aircraft’s true capabilities were not revealed to the west until 1976 when Viktor Belenko, a Soviet MiG-25 pilot, defected to the United States via Japan. Subsequent analysis revealed a simple-yet-functional design with vacuum-tube electronics, two massive turbojet engines, and sparing use of advanced materials such as titanium. The MiG-25 series had a production run of 1,190 aircraft.