WWII planes featured in demo flights on 3rd day of MAKS air show

ZHUKOVSKY, August 18 (Itar-Tass) —— The program of demonstration flights on the third day of the MAKS 2011 air show in Zhukovsky in the Moscow region was concluded with the performance of planes of the times of the Second World War.

About one hour before the closure of the business day at the air show, reconstructed planes of the times of the Second World War, legendary I-16, MiG-3 and Po-2 appeared in the skies, performing aerobatics for some 40 minutes.

The program of the show for the day was fulfilled completely, although there was a minor incident involving a plane of Latvia’s Baltic Bees group. The world’s biggest airliner, Airbus A380, was flown. Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the fighter of the fifth generation T-50 (PAK FA) also performed. Those watching the show broke out in spontaneous applause when the amphibious Be-200 plane discharged streams of water the colors of the Russian flag. Pilots of the Russian Falcons group and pilots of transport and military helicopters also showed their skills.

The third working day at the MAKS-2011 air show came to the close, and the visitors headed for stops of express buses to take them to the nearest railway stations and to parking lots.

Despite the forecast of a windy and rainy weather, the skies over the airfield were clear and the sun was shining brightly.

The air show will be open to the general public from Friday, August 19.


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