In this article we will share with you 360 VR videos of Swifts & Russian Knights Russian aerobatic team
The Russian Knights is an aerobatic demonstration team of the Russian Air Force. Originally formed on April 5, 1991 at the Kubinka Air Base as a team of six Sukhoi Su-27s, the team was the first to perform outside the Soviet Union in September 1991 when they toured the United Kingdom.
On December 12, 1995, disaster struck as three team jets flew in-formation into a mountainside near Cam Ranh, Vietnam during approach while en route to home from a Malaysian airshow during adverse weather conditions. The team now performs with eight Su-30SM
The Kubinka air force base located 60 km west of Moscow is well known both in Russia and abroad. For years, it has been known as the Air Force installation used for demonstrating advanced combat aircraft to national and foreign leaders. Nowadays, Kubinka AFB is known as the best aerobatics school where the Russian Knights and Swifts aerobatics teams are stationed. Meanwhile, Kubinka is a major base of the Russian Air Force in the Moscow regio
Swifts (aerobatic team)
The Swifts Russian aerobatic performance demonstrator team connected with the Russian Air Force.
The “Swifts” (Strizhi) are another Russian Air Force aerobatic display team, flying MiG-29A and MiG-29UB fighters. The team also routinely uses just four aircraft for demonstrations, but also flies with fewer numbers and / or larger numbers by combining formations with the “Russian Knights”.
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The team’s aircraft are painted in an overall white, red and blue color scheme and do not employ smoke generators.
All team members are drawn from the 237th Guards Proskurov Aircraft Demonstration Centre based in Kubinka Air Base. Like the “Russian Knights”, the pilots and ground crew on the team are variable and don’t have to practice extensively like other aerobatic teams to change their members for a period. The team’s pilots permanent duty is also fighter training.