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Aeroflot: Taking To The Skies For 90 Years

February 9, 1923 is considered the date when Aeroflot was established, heralding the birth of Russian civil aviation. Despite being criticized for its safety record -- with 127 crashes in the 90 years it has been in existence -- millions of people still use Aeroflot every year. RFE/RL takes a look back at some memorable images from this iconic airline's eventful history. (15 PHOTOS)

An ANT-14 plane on the Moscow-Leningrad route in 1936.
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An ANT-14 plane on the Moscow-Leningrad route in 1936.

A Tu-104A passenger plane on display at the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy in Moscow in 1959.
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A Tu-104A passenger plane on display at the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy in Moscow in 1959.

Aeroflot passenger planes parked at Moscow's Vnukovo airport in 1959.
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Aeroflot passenger planes parked at Moscow's Vnukovo airport in 1959.

An Il-18 airliner is escorted by MiG-15 fighters during an air show in Tushino in 1961.
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An Il-18 airliner is escorted by MiG-15 fighters during an air show in Tushino in 1961.

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