The press service of the Western Military District announced today that Victory Day Parade in St. Petersburg will be held on May 9; it will include air and sea shows. More than a hundred airplanes and helicopters will be involved in the airborne part of the May 9 parade, which will be held on the territory of the Western Military District.
The report published today talked about the participation of aviation in the parade in honour of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “Combat aircraft crews will fly over the central squares of 12 cities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War,” said Alexander Zhuravlev, commander of the Western Military District.
The airshow will be taken by the sky of Kursk, Orel, Voronezh, Belgorod, Vologda, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Smolensk, Vyazma, Ostrova, Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg.
In the ceremonial formation over the cities, the equipment of the Leningrad Army of the Air Force and Air Defense will fly: Su-35 and Su-30 fighters, Su-34 fighter-bomber, MiG-31 fighter-interceptor, An-12 and An-26 military transport aircrafts , army aviation helicopters reconnaissance and attack Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-24 and Mi-28 Night Hunter, multi-purpose Mi-8 and the world's largest heavy transport helicopters Mi-26.
Participants in the Victory Day parade began training at their locations in late February. Nearly 5 thousand military personnel were supposed to take part in the Parade at the Palace Square in St. Petersburg. Preparation went on all over the country until April 16 when President Vladimir Putin announced the postponement of the parade and the procession of the Immortal Regiment
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Source - Fontanka