MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
At the Engels airfield in the Saratov region, under the leadership of the commander of the formation, Major General Oleg Pchela, command flights took place. The crews of more than 10 strategic missile carriers Tu-160 and Tu-95MS took part in them.
Flights took place in the daytime and at night. Flight crews practiced takeoffs and landings, refueling in the air, flights in formation and at low altitudes.
On the ground, the engineering and technical staff worked out the standards for the maintenance and preparation of aircraft for repeated flights at established time intervals.
In organizing, conducting and supporting the command flights, only the leadership of the aviation formation, military units and subunits was involved in order to demonstrate to the young officer personnel the peculiarities of preparing the airfield, aviation equipment and support equipment for the flight shift.
“Young officers were able to see in practice how the experienced instructor staff coped with the assigned tasks,” said the commander of the guard unit, Major General Oleg Pchela.
Command flights are traditionally carried out several times a year and are aimed at improving the efficiency of organizing and ensuring flight safety, as well as performing flight missions.
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