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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 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.

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

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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