Pilots of long-range aviation of the VKS conducted command flights in the Saratov region
Command flights were held at the Engels airfield in the Saratov region. They were attended by the crews of more than 10 strategic missile carriers Tu-160 and Tu-95MS. The flights took place by day and at night. The flight crews practiced takeoffs and landings, refueling in the air, flying in formation and at low altitudes.
On the ground, the engineering and technical staff worked out the standards for servicing and preparing aircraft for re-departures at set time intervals.
In the organization, conduct and provision of command flights, only the senior staff of the aviation unit, military units and subunits were involved to demonstrate to the young officers the peculiarities of preparing the airfield, aviation equipment and support equipment for the flight shift.
This flight shift was conducted in difficult meteorological conditions, with low clouds and precipitation. Young officers were able to see in practice how the experienced instructors cope with the tasks set.
Command flights are traditionally held several times a year and are aimed at improving the efficiency of organizing and ensuring flight safety, as well as performing flight tasks.