(all photos copyright Ken Duffey)
Ilyushin Il-102 on the main entrance drive into Zhukovsky - photographed from the coach.
MiG-23UB Gate Guard.
Il-76MD in the static lineup at Zhukovsky.
Tu-160 'White Swan' named after Valentin Blizniuk
Il-14 & An-24 replacement - Antonov An-140-100.
Ulan-Ude built Mi-8AMTSh in attack configuration.
The mighty Mi-26.
New training helicopter - the Kazan 'Ansat'
Kazan built Mi-8MTV-5.
Ministry of Ugly Helicopters Mil Mi-28.
Ministry of Handsome Helicopters Kamov Ka-52.
New Russian trainer - Yak -130.
Recently entered service - Su-30M2.
Another newcomer - Su-34. Note the 'blind flying' curtains.
Latest iteration of the Flanker family - the brand new Su-35S.
MiG from a different era - MiG-3 of the Great Patriotic War.
Even older period - the WWI Nieuport 23.
Rear view of the Po-2.......
.... and the MiG-31.
Red Arrows arriving from Chkalovskaya - in a 9-ship trailing the colours of the Russian flag......
.... and taxying in to their dispersal.
A few ground movements for positioning.... French registered Yak-3UTI in the markings of Soviet ace Ivan Kozhedub.
Russian registered Polikarpov I-152 DIT two-seat trainer.
The show opened proper with the arrival of 3 parachutists - one with the flag of the Russian Federation.......
.... one with the flag of the Ministry of Defence
... and the Russian Air Force flag.
The flying display started with a flypast of six Su-25's trailing smoke in the colours of the Russian flag.
5 X Su-27's, 8 X Su-25's and 8 X MiG-29's forming the number 100.
Representing WWI - this Swedish 'Tummelisa' (Tom Thumb) trainer took off .........
..... only to be attacked by a Fokker Triplane.
The Fokker soon got on the tail of the Tummelisa....... and shot it down!
Soviet biplanes - Polikarpov Po-2's.
The Po-2 put on a sprightly display.
... as did the Polikarpov I-153 to start the Great Patriotic War section of the flying program.
I'm not sure of the Soviet connection - but this Swiss-registered Avenger took off and gave a flying display....
Home-grown MiG-3 tucks his wheels away to start his display.
MiG-3 with one wheel not quite fully retracted.
British contribution in the form of a Hurricane XII from the Historic Aircraft Collection.
HAC Hurricane taxying back after his display.
Red Bull B-25 - representing the Lend-Lease Mitchell's supplied to the Soviet Union.
Who needs camouflage, when you can just dazzle your enemy?
Another non-Soviet type - the Red Bull F4U-4 Corsair.
Taxying back to the dispersal.
To represent the Soviet Li-2, Sweden sent this C-47B Skytrain.
The Korean War and the jet age were represented by this immaculate MiG-15UTI.
The Yak-9U-M flew next - but rather far away from the crowd line....
Another British contribution - Plane Sailing's PBY5A Catalina represented the type's use by the Soviet VVS in the GPW.
Gear up and floats down....
Meanwhile, during a lull in the show, the Red Arrows support Hercules departed....
Totally out of sequence, this beautiful Bleriot replica put on a stunning display....
You can see where the expression 'stick and string' comes from!
The Bleriot was followed by the first prototype Su-35S - extreme ends of the aircraft spectrum.
The Su-35S showed off its agility with a stunning aerial display .......
.... before landing.
The first of the aerobatic teams - the Russian 'Team Rus' flying their newly-painted L-39 Albatros's.
Mi-2 in DOSAAF markings.
Helicopter display team 'Berkuty' flying their new Mi-28's.
Sukhoi Su-31 aerobatic aircraft.
The current VVS 'Heavy Metal' - the Tu-22M3.
No Goldilocks???- The low rumble of 12 X Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprops reverberated around the airfield.
The iconic Tu-95MS
Bringing up the rear of the Long Range Aviation section was these three Tu-160's.
The Russian nickname for the Tu-160 is 'White Swan'.
Representing Transport Aviation was these three An-2's....
Antonov An-26 - still in service in large numbers.
Newcomer to Transport Aviation - the An-140-100.
An-12 is also in widespread service.....
.... whilst the huge An-22 has been given a new lease of life.
The worls largest turboprop transport.
I'm not sure what this is - the young Russian pilot didn't speak any English!
The French AF Rafale put on a spirited flying display.
LET 410 light transport.
Tu-134UBK navigation/bomber trainer.
Three Il-76 transports.
Flying Command Post - Ilyushi Il-96
The Red Arrows flew with only six aircraft - which looked a bit lop-sided. But they did use their smoke to form the Russan flag.
Kamov Ka-52 'Alligator'.
Su-24 from Lipetsk.
Formation of 4 X Su-24's.
4 X MiG-31.
Su-34 from Lipetsk.
4 X Su-34.
Myasishchev M-55 'Geophisica' Earth Resources survey aircraft.
Helicopter flypast - Ansat, Mi-24, Mi-8 & Mi-26.
Mi-26 & Mi-8MTV-5.
Polish aerbatic team 'Iskry'
Su-27's, MiG-29's & Su-34's from Lipetsk.
... followed by a Su-34 handling demo.
Su-27 'battle tactics' demo team from Lipetsk.
Popping flares at the end of the demo.....
Representing sports aviation - 3 X Yak-52 and a Yak-54.
PAK FA - Sukhoi T50.
Second prototype T50 - bort 'Blue 52'.
MiG-29M2 & PAK FA.
Some of the warbirds at dispersal - Yak-9U-M.
Polikarpov I-152 DIT.
On the way out I photographed the collection of ex-LII aircraft that are to form the basis of a museum.
This is the Buran orbiter....
.... and the Tupolev Tu-155 hydrogen fueled testbed.
© Ken Duffey August 2012