Day of Russian Air Force
Day of the Air Force of Russian Federation celebrated in Russia on August 12 in accordance with the Presidential Decree number 549 of 31 May 2006 “On the establishment of professional holidays and memorable days in the Russian Federation Armed Forces.”
This holiday have the status of a memorial day, and is intended to enhance the prestige of military service. It is set in recognition of military experts in the task of ensuring national defense and security.
August 12 is considered to be the beginning of the creation of military aviation in Russia, and the date itself was the basis for the establishment of the professional holiday of the pilots of the air fleet and employees of aviation infrastructure – Russian Air Force Day.
At the dawn of history Airforce Aviation the main function of it was military intelligence. After the appearance of the famous “Ilya Muromets” II Sikorsky began to develop long-range aviation.
Soviet Air Forces at the beginning of its creation had no combat aircraft for “air shield”. Throughout its history, the Soviet Air Force has gone from plywood piston aircraft wartime to the fourth-generation supersonic jets, fought in the Korean sky, Vietnam, Europe, Egypt and Afghanistan.
Today, the Russian Air Force is an important part of the Russian Armed Forces and carry out a lot of intelligence and strategic objectives, the importance of which can not be overstated. Air Force Aviation includes far, frontline, military transport aircraft and the army aviation, which, in turn, are composed of bomber, attack, fighter, reconnaissance, transport and special aviation.
In 2015, in accordance with the presidential decree, the Air Force were merged with the troops of aerospace defense and constituted a new kind of troops – Air Space Forces (VKS), which perform tasks from August 1.
“Battle Brotherhood” team congratulates the Russian Air Force with their professional holiday!