Flight program

Flight program

MAKS-2021 flight program will present six aerobatic teams showing complex and well-coordinated aerobatics on heavy fighters, attack helicopters, jet and piston-powered trainer aircrafts.

The large-scale program was prepared by the aerobatic teams “Russian Knights”, “Swifts”, “Falcons of Russia” and “Berkuts” representing the Russian Air Force. Pilots of aerobatic teams "First Flight" and "SARANG" will take their aircrafts off to the sky over Zhukovsky.

Aerobatic teams:

“Russian Knights” Aerobatic Team

Team roster:
  • Andrey Anatolyevich Alekseyev - Guards colonel
  • Sergey Vladimirovich Shcheglov - Guards colonel
  • Igor Igorevich Tkachenko - Guards major
  • Oleg Ivanovich Erofeev - Guards colonel
  • Vladimir Gennadievich Kochetov - Guards major
  • Alexander Alekseevich Ivashkin - Guards major
  • Sergey Aleksandrovich Strizhak - Guards major

The group was formed on April 5, 1991 on the basis of the 1st squadron of the 237th Guards Proskurov Red Banner order of Kutuzov and Alexander Nevsky of the I. N. Kozhedub Center for Displaying Aviation Equipment.

“Russian Knights” is the only aerobatic team in the world that performs group aerobatics on heavy fighter aircrafts.

Currently, the group operates Su-35S and Su-30SM aircrafts – single-seat and two-seat multi-role fighters of the 4++generation.

“Russian Falcons” Aerobatic Team

Team roster:
  • • Alexander Ivanovich Gostev - aerobatic team commander, Colonel
  • • Yuri Ilyich Spryadyshev - left wingman, Lieutenant colonel
  • • Andrey Vladimirovich Sorokin - right wingman, Lieutenant colonel
  • • Dmitry Aleksandrovich Zaev - tail wingman, Lieutenant colonel
  • Denis Nikolaevich Polovko - right wingman, Major

The aerobatic team was formed in 1993 on the basis of the Lipetsk Aviation Center of the Russian Air Force to improve the skills of group fighter flights, as well as to demonstrate the maneuverability of Su-27 aircraft and professional training of pilots.

For the first time, the name "Russian Falcons” was announced in June 2004 during an air show in Nizhny Novgorod dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of V. P. Chkalov. June 12, 2004 is considered the day of formation of the "Russian Falcons" team.

Demonstration flights of the “Russian Falcons” are not just a beautiful sight, but also an integral part of combat training. All maneuvers are of practical importance and can be used to disrupt an enemy attack and then take an advantageous position to destroy the target, overcome air defense, escort and cover transport and long-range aircraft, perform anti-missile maneuvers, patrol the airspace, and strike ground targets with guided and unguided weapons.

“Berkuts” Aerobatic Team

Team roster:
  • • Andrey Fridrikhovich Popov - aerobatic team commander, Colonel
  • • Eduard Leonidovich Kozachek - right wingman, Lieutenant colonel
  • • Dmitry Vitalievich Minyaylo - left wingman, Lieutenant colonel
  • • Alexander Alekseevich Stopychev - extreme wingman, Lieutenant colonel
  • • Evgeny Vladimirovich Shevchenko - left wingman, Major
  • • Dmitry Dmitrievich Arkhipov - right wingman, Major
  • • Gennady Aleksandrovich Gordienko - left wingman, Lieutenant colonel

The “Berkuts” aerobatic team of the Torzhok Center for Combat Employment and Retraining of Personnel of Army Aviation is the only helicopter aerobatic team in Russia. And the only aerobatic team in the world that performs aerobatics on attack helicopters. The squadron was founded in 1989, and the birthday of the group is considered to be April 11, 1992 – the day when the “Berkuts” performed their first demonstration flight.

From the day of its formation until 2012, the team flew Mi-24 helicopters. Since 2012, it has been performing on more powerful Mi-28N attack helicopters, demonstrating complex aerobatic maneuvers in tight formation. Pilots of the “Berkuts” aerobatic team perform on six or four helicopters, as well as demonstrate single aerobatics on Mi-28N and Ka-52 helicopters.

“Swifts” Aerobatic Team

Team roster:
  • Sergey Ivanovich Osyaikin - aerobatic team commander, Guards colonel
  • Denis Anatolyevich Kuznetsov - tail wingman, Guards lieutenant colonel
  • Dmitry Sergeevich Zubkov - left wingman, Guards lieutenant colonel
  • Dmitry Alekseevich Ryzhevolov - right wingman, Guards major
  • Vasily Vladimirovich Dudnikov - left wingman, Guards major
  • Dmitry Viktorovich Kosorukov - single aerobatic, Guards major
  • Sergey Aleksandrovich Sinkevich - right wingman, Guards major
  • Sergey Pavlovich Dubinko - Guards captain
  • Sergey Olegovich Ilchuk - Guards captain

“Swifts” is an aerobatic team of the Russian Aerospace Forces, which is the second aviation squadron of the Center for Displaying Aviation Equipment at the Kubinka Air Base of the Russian Air Force.

The group's pilots perform single and group aerobatics on MiG-29 multi-role fighters.

The group demonstrates programs with a large number of aerobatic maneuvers and single performances. The complex of demonstration programs includes such elements as "wing", "cross", "arrow", "star", "hammer", "pyramid".

SARANG, the air display team of the Indian Air Force

Состав группы:
  • Girish Komar
  • Y Sridhar
  • Niket Tiwari
  • Sneha Kulkarni
  • Gopi Krishna
  • Chandan Patnaik
  • Veer Kumar
  • Adarsh Thakur
  • Manoj Manuvel
  • Karan Prabhakar
  • Mahesh Kumar Pundhir
  • Akshay Ashok Basavana Gowda
  • Dhanveer Singh

The team flies four versatile advanced light helicopters developed by Indian National Company HAL. In Sanskrit SARANG means “peacock” which is a national bird symbol of India. The bright livery design of the helicopters represents the peacock feather patterns.

The air display team not only demonstrates professionalism of the Indian Air Force, but also actively participates in the rescue operations aimed at flood management across the country.

SARANG is the world’s first helicopter air display team that has performed its pilotage in cooperation with another aircraft-based air display team.

“First Flight” Aerobatic Team

Team roster:
  • Dmitry Igorevich Samokhvalov - aerobatic team leader, left wingman
  • Konstantin Stanislavovich Borovik - aerobatic team commander, right wingman
  • Oleg Vyacheslavovich Shpolyansky - left wingman
  • Alexander Sergeevich Mikhailov - team leader
  • Anton Aleksandrovich Berkutov - right wingman
  • Irina Petrovna Markova - single aerobatics

The “First Flight” is Russia's first professional aerobatic team on piston-powered aircrafts. The team consists of sport pilots, prize-winners of the Russian and World Championships in aerobatics.

The "First flight" performs complex sport and artistic maneuvers in the sky on six aircrafts painted in yellow-red: Yak-52, Yak-54. The demonstration program area fits in a square of 1.5x1.5 km. Low speeds and small turning radii. This allows the viewer to observe in the smallest detail the nimble planes that synchronously perform spectacular maneuvers at a minimum distance.