Aerobatic flights and blessings: Russian display teams prepare for Air Force Day

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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