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Russian military fighter jets practice aerial parades on May 4 and 5, before participating in the rehearsal for the Victory Day parade on May 7.

Russian military fighter jets practice aerial parades on May 4 and 5, before participating in the rehearsal for the Victory Day parade on May 7.

72 fighter aircraft practice parade in the sky of Moscow

The practice session involved 72 aircraft of all types, representing 72 years since Nazi Germany was defeated in 1945.

The practice session involved 72 aircraft of all types, representing 72 years since Nazi Germany was defeated in 1945.

72 fighter aircraft practice parade in the sky of Moscow

The highlight this year is the strategic supersonic bomber formation, including a leading Tu-160 and four Tu-22M3 aircraft behind.

The highlight this year is the strategic supersonic bomber formation, including a leading Tu-160 and four Tu-22M3 aircraft behind.

72 fighter aircraft practice parade in the sky of Moscow

A fleet of three Tu-95MSM aircraft also appeared in this year’s parade.

The Tu-95MSM first entered combat on November 17, 2016 in the Syrian battlefield, launching cruise missiles against self-proclaimed Islamic State rebel targets.

A fleet of three Tu-95MSM aircraft also appeared in this year’s parade.

The Tu-95MSM first entered combat on November 17, 2016 in the Syrian battlefield, launching cruise missiles against self-proclaimed Islamic State rebel targets.

72 fighter aircraft practice parade in the sky of Moscow

Mi-35 helicopter team flying over Red Square.

Mi-35 helicopter team flying over Red Square.

72 fighter aircraft practice parade in the sky of Moscow

The Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35 fighter squadron represents the Combat Training and Pilot Transformation Center No. 4, the leading fighter pilot training facility of the Russian Air Force.

The Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35 fighter squadron represents the Combat Training and Pilot Transformation Center No. 4, the leading fighter pilot training facility of the Russian Air Force.

72 fighter aircraft practice parade in the sky of Moscow

Russia’s famous `Kubinka Diamond` flight formation, made up of 5 Su-30SM fighters of the Russian Knights team and 4 MiG-29 aircraft of the Swallows team.

Russia’s famous `Kubinka Diamond` flight formation, made up of 5 Su-30SM fighters of the Russian Knights team and 4 MiG-29 aircraft of the Swallows team.

72 fighter aircraft practice parade in the sky of Moscow

Russian Knights and Swallows practice military parade in the sky of Moscow

The Russian Knights and Swallows performance squadron flew over Red Square.

72 fighter aircraft practice parade in the sky of Moscow

At the end of the aerial parade will be a group of 6 Su-25 attack aircraft releasing three colored smoke, symbolizing the Russian flag in the sky over Moscow.

At the end of the aerial parade will be a group of 6 Su-25 attack aircraft releasing three colored smoke, symbolizing the Russian flag in the sky over Moscow.

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