Russia's Military Aerobatic Teams

Aerobatic flights and blessings: Russia's military aerobatic teams -- the Russian Falcons, the Knights, the Golden Eagles and the Swifts -- performed demonstration flights this month with the blessing of Russian Orthodox clergy in the lead-up to the 101st anniversary of the Russian Air Force, marked August 12. The public role of the Russian Orthodox Church -- which has its own department for working with the armed forces -- has been growing under President Vladimir Putin.

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