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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.

Even though it enjoyed a virtual monopoly in the Soviet Union for many years, Aeroflot still went to the trouble advertising, such as this iconic sign on top of Moscow's Metropol Hotel in 1965.
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Even though it enjoyed a virtual monopoly in the Soviet Union for many years, Aeroflot still went to the trouble advertising, such as this iconic sign on top of Moscow's Metropol Hotel in 1965.

The Aeroflot Hotel on Moscow's Leningrad Avenue in 1966
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The Aeroflot Hotel on Moscow's Leningrad Avenue in 1966

An Aeroflot outlet in Chisinau in 1971.
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An Aeroflot outlet in Chisinau in 1971.

Aeroflot's main hub, Sheremetyevo International Airport, as it looked in 1972.
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Aeroflot's main hub, Sheremetyevo International Airport, as it looked in 1972.

The Aeroflot office in Paris in 1974.
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The Aeroflot office in Paris in 1974.

A supersonic Aeroflot TU-144 passenger jetliner in 1973.
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A supersonic Aeroflot TU-144 passenger jetliner in 1973.

An Aeroflot flight attendant in Tajikistan in 1982.
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An Aeroflot flight attendant in Tajikistan in 1982.

An Aeroflot poster from 1983
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An Aeroflot poster from 1983

Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62 Classic jetliners at Sheremetyevo airport in 2005.
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Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62 Classic jetliners at Sheremetyevo airport in 2005.

An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 jetliner completes its descent at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport in 2012.
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An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 jetliner completes its descent at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport in 2012.

Aeroflot stewardesses stand in front of a passenger plane with the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games logo in Moscow in May 2012.
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Aeroflot stewardesses stand in front of a passenger plane with the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games logo in Moscow in May 2012.

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