Tu-154 landing

The Tupolev Tu-154 is a Russian built medium-range trijet airliner. The mainstay of Russian airlines for several decades, the Tu-154 has carried about half of all passengers flown by Aeroflot and its subsidiaries, or approximately 137 million passengers per year, and has been exported and operated by at least 17 foreign airlines. Join the crew as they perform a landing. The video is in Russian but I think the captain is trying to say ” Stop messing with the stick boy, this plane can fly without you! “. 🙂

Tu-154 landing

Long landing at Innsbruck

This Russian pilot comes in to land at the Innsbruck Airport, missing the touchdown point and finally touching down 2/3 of the runway later. Guess some days are better that others…

Long landing at Innsbruck

Mi-14 crash

The Russian built Mil Mi-14 “Haze” is an amphibious version of the Mil Mi-8 Hip helicopter. Used mainly for naval operations such as anti-submarine warfare and mine counter-measures, the Mi-14 is also used for SAR (search and rescue) as well as other operations. In May 2006, a Mi-14 participated in a simulated oil spill emergency response situation off the coast of Japan. The helicopter crashed and started to take water. The pilot tried to take off but the rotor blades hit the water and the engine exploded. The pilot of the helicopter was killed.

Mi-14 crash

Satan’s chariot

“Letayushiy tank”, or in English “Flying tank”. That is what the Russians call the Mil Mi-24/35 Hind E. The Mi-35 is the export version of the Mi-24V, a development of the Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter. The Hind is one of the iconic attack helicopters, easily recognizable anywhere in the world. In comparison to other attack helicopters, this mean machine is huge. It can transport troops, carry military equipment with a sling and , of course, eliminate those unwanted rebels with its massive arsenal of guns missiles and so on. And a final word… in Afghanistan the rebels nicknamed this helicopter “Shaitan-Arba”… meaning “Satan’s Chariot”. Quite a nickname!

Satan’s chariot

The Strizhi

In 1991, at the Kubinka Air Base a new Russian Air Force aerobatics team was born: the Strizi ( Swifts ). Pilots at Kubinka had been flying since 1984 in close 6 aircraft formation, but they were officially recognized on May 6, 1991, when they carried out a demonstration under the name Strizhi. The aerobatic performance demonstrator team flies the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum. The Strizhi aerobatic team has conducted 50 demonstration flights on an annual basis since 1991. Its pilots have visited in excess of 28 foreign states. The team traditionally participates in Tushino air parades and Zhukovsky air shows. The team’s pilots have repeatedly carried out demonstration flights during numerous celebrations, devoted to anniversaries of various cities, including the 850th anniversary of Moscow. This video present the story of these amazing pilots.

The Strizhi

White Swan

The Tupolev Tu-160 known by NATO as Blackjack is a supersonic strategic heavy bomber. Similar to the American B-1 Lancer, the big Russian bomber was nicknamed by its pilots “White Swan” due to the white antiflash white finish of the aircraft. The white finish adds a bit of elegance and style to this mighty Russian bird…

White Swan

Mil Mi-34 Hermit going mad

Of course the Mi-34 Hermit can’t go mad. But the pilot can 🙂 This little Russian helicopter built by the famous Mil Helicopters is capable of some insane aerobatic maneuvers. Equipped with the same M-14 nine piston radial engine found in high performance aerobatic airplanes such as the Sukhoi Su-26 and Su-31, this little helicopter is capable of pulling 3Gs and can perform loops and rolls and stuff like that. It is in fact an absolute delight to see this one at work… soundtrack is good too!

Mil Mi-34 Hermit going mad

Havoc… the BADASS Russian gunship

The Mil Mi-28 Havoc is not the newest attack helicopter out there. Hell, it’s not even one of the best gunships on the market today. But compared to other helicopters of its class such as the Cobra or Apache, though similar in shape, it really looks more badass. And that’s a good thing! Of course that is just my opinion so if you think there is something more badass out there let me know…

Havoc… the BADASS Russian gunship

2005 Moscow Military Parade

This is some great footage from the 2005 Moscow Military Parade. Must have been quite a sight. Stars of the event were the Sukhoi Su-27s and the MiG-29s belonging to the Russian Knights air display team and the Strizhi ( Swifts ). Great in cockpit footage showing formation flying and approach to the parade. Best of all is the Big Diamond formation consisting of five Russian Knights Su-27s and four Strizhi MiG-29s.

2005 Moscow Military Parade

Russian Knight on his belly

In 1997 at an airshow in Bratislava one member of the Russian Knights aerobatic team forgot to lower the landing gear of his Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker. As a result of this incident, only helicopters were allowed to perform that day. As for the aircraft, there was some damage to the underside but nothing major. The plane took off heading for Russia only two days later. Very solid plane… and beautiful too…

Russian Knight on his belly