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Sunday, August 31, 2014


Aeroflot: Taking To The Skies For 90 Years

Published 7 February 2013

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)

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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.

6

The Aeroflot Hotel on Moscow's Leningrad Avenue in 1966

7

An Aeroflot outlet in Chisinau in 1971.

8

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

9

The Aeroflot office in Paris in 1974.

10

A supersonic Aeroflot TU-144 passenger jetliner in 1973.

11

An Aeroflot flight attendant in Tajikistan in 1982.

12

An Aeroflot poster from 1983

13

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

14

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

15

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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by: john from: canada
February 12, 2013 22:29
Not quite clear in RFERL photo #15 (the last one) is that the CURRENT Aeroflot insignia on the flight attendants is STILL that hated hammer and sickle Soviet logo! Incredible!

Here is link to close-up of Aeroflot uniform cap of Tatiana Kozlenko (recently fired/re-hired by Aeroflot):
http://i.huffpost.com/gen/976864/thumbs/o-TATIANA-KOZLEN-AEROFLOT-FLIGHT-ATTENDANT-570.jpg?1