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The biennial Moscow Air Show (MAKS) held at Zhukovsky airport, is the most important Russian aviation trade event and features a wide array of Russian aviation products.

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The Baltic Bees operate the well-known L-39, three of them can be seen here climbing out in a tight formation.

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General aviation in Russia: a civil operated L-39 that visited Zhukovsky for the show.

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Team Rus’ is another team flying the L-39. The team is part of the DOSAAF and is based at Vyazma, a major Russian aviation training centre.

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A type that very much appeals to the aviation enthusiast is the Su-34 strike fighter, with its distinctive Platypus nose.

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The Tu-22M3 “Backfire” is without doubt one of the fastest bomber’s ever built. This example was shown on the static display at MAKS.

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Sukhoi’s latest fighter, is the PAK-FA or Su T-50, which was revealed as the Su-57 during the show. Three different examples showed off their agility during the daily displays.

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Underlining Russia’s great aviation heritage and victory over Nazi Germany, the Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik, which was made its first post-restoration flight about a month before the show. It is the only flying example in Russian of the tank-killer of which more than 35,000 where built…

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The latest development of the MiG-29 is the state of the art MiG-35, which nicely pulled its drag chutes before making a turn towards the public.

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The Yak-130 is the Russian air force new advanced trainer and counter insurgency aircraft. A red prototype can be seen in this picture.

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A small but very agile training aircraft developed partially by the air force is the SR-10. One of its most remarkable features is a forward-swept wing.

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Zhukovsky offers business-men to have themselves pictured in the cockpit of the Tu-160 bomber, also dubbed the White Swan.

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The trainer that never became a success, the MiG-AT was displayed at Zhukovsky as part of Russian aviation heritage.

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The mighty Russian Bear, as much as a national symbol, is also the world’s fastest propeller aircraft.

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The Yak-152 made its first flight in 2016, the second example is seen here. It is intended to replace the Yak-52.

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Another oddity, the MiG 1.44 Mnogofunksionalni Frontovoy Istrebitel (multifunctional frontline fighter) which was first flown in 2000 and subsequently cancelled the same year.