Russia is marking the 100th anniversary of its air force with an aviation parade and parachute drop at the Zhukovsky airfield outside of Moscow.
Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev opened the celebrations and noted that 69 foreign countries had sent delegations to the event.
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement saying that "the development of military aviation is the priority of the country's military policy."
He promised on August 11 that the air force will receive over 600 new combat planes and 1,000 helicopters by 2020 as part of a $720 billion military-reequipment effort.
Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS, and Reuters