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Aviation aerobatics group “Berkuts” was formed on April 11, 1992 on the basis of 344 Center for Combat Use and Retraining of Army Aviation Flight Personnel in Torzhok.
The uniqueness of the Berkuts lies in the fact that it is the only aerobatic team in the world performing complex group aerobatics in combat helicopters. The total weight of a group of six helicopters is about 70 tons.
Almost immediately after its formation, the Berkuts group demonstrated their aerobatics at several air festivals, including MOSAEROSHOU-92, at the MAKS-93, MAKS-95, MAKS-97 Moscow aerospace shows; MAKS-2013, MAKS-2015; at the air parade on Poklonnaya Hill in honor of the 50th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War (1995); at the air festival dedicated to the 850th anniversary of the city of Moscow (1997), a constant participant in the air parades on Red Square in honor of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War since 2010.
The pilots of the group demonstrated their high flying skills at air sports events in the cities: Vladimir, Samara, Tver, Tula, Syzran, Rzhev, Ostashkov, Khotilovo. At the hydro salons in the city of Gelendzhik, during the International Army Games in Voronezh, Ryazan and in the Crimea.
Currently, the aerobatic team performs flights on Mi-28n combat helicopters with high maneuverability and fire capabilities, which occupy a leading position among helicopters around the world.
Helicopter piloting is performed at a much lower altitude than on airplanes, pilots fly machines at intervals and distances of 10-15 meters, and small turning radii allow all rearrangements to be carried out directly above the airfield.
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