We all know about the annual 9 May parade over Moscow which we have visited several times. The aircraft you see there are ‘only’ from the Russian Air Force.
The Russian Navy has its own fly past on the last Sunday of July over the harbour of Saint Petersburg. During the actual flypast and rehearsals you can see about 50 navy aircraft. Present in 2020 were a variety of unique Kamov helicopter designs, Il-38 May and Tu-142 Bear patrol aircraft, the MiG-29 and Flanker-family jets with a couple of Mi-17 helicopters, Su-24 Fencer and Su-25 Frogfoot attack jets and the Beriev family latest addition, the Be-200 and the oldest members of the family, two Be-12 Chayka amphibious aircraft!
Combine this with the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg which we have time to explore, and the simplified, and low cost, visa procedure for this lovely city we could not resist planning a 5-6 day tour. This trip is also ideal to take your partner for a relaxed few days to an exciting city.
We plan to witness a rehearsal, the actual flypast, a few Wrecks & Relics in and around town as well as some touristic sights.
The major advantage of a visit to this region is that an e-visa is available for 53 different countries. This is free of charge and issue within 4 days. Read all about this on this page; http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/spb_home_en.html
This YouTube movie also gives a good impression of the 2020 parade (aircraft from 1hr:10min): YouTube report 2020
Thanks to Tsungfang Tsai & Django Bruinink for allowing us to use their photos.