Soviet Aerobatic Display Teams

Red Five Aerobatic Team History

Formation flying in Russia (and previously in the USSR), dates back to the creation of the Air Force after the communist revolution. At every parade on the Red Square and at various airfields, different Air Force planes performed flypasts. The first true aerobatic team was established in the 1930's and this team received the name "Red Five". They flew five I-16 airplanes and their name was derived from the formation aircraft which were painted in red. Surprisingly, the leader's aircraft retained an olive green paint scheme. They displayed simple maneuvers in formation and only performed rarely, just once or twice a year, at the Red Square parade and at the Tushino (near Moscow) air parade.

 

Red Five Gallery

I-16

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