Day of the Air Force celebrated in Russia August 12 in accordance with the Presidential Decree number 549 of the May 31 in 2006 "On the establishment of professional holidays and memorial days in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation." This holiday is granted the status of a memorable day.
It should be noted that the above-mentioned decree was declared invalid, paragraph 1 of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation ? 949 of the 29 August in 1997 " On establishing the Day of the Air Force».
August 12, 1912 by Russian military departments issued an order according to which the State was administered by a ballooning of the General Administration of the General Staff. In commemoration of this event on August 12th is considered the beginning of establishing a military aviation in Russia.
At the dawn of history Airforce Aviation is the main function of intelligence. After the appearance of the famous "Ilya Muromets» began to develop long-range aviation.
Air Force USSR had no equal in the number of combat aircraft, for "air shield" was to reliably cover the "tank sword" and "large fleet" of the Soviet Union. For 65 years after the war the Soviet Air Force has gone from plywood piston aircraft to supersonic Wartime machines fourth generation fought in the skies of Korea, Vietnam, Egypt and Afghanistan.
Interestingly, the celebrations to mark the Day, held at Day Air Fleet of Russia, celebrated on the third Sunday in August.