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The Soviet Air Force, officially known in Russian as Voenno-Vozdushnye Sily (literally, "Military Air Forces") and often abbreviated VVS was the official designation of one of the air forces of the Soviet Union. The other was the Soviet Air Defence Forces.

The VVS was founded as the "Workers' and Peasants' Air Fleet", with the status of a Main Directorate, on May 24th, 1918, succeeding the Imperial Russian Air Force. It became the Directorate of the USSR Air Forces on March 28, 1924, and then the Directorate of the Workers-Peasants Red Army Air Forces on January 1st, 1925. Gradually its influence on aircraft design became greater. From its earliest days, the force mimicked ground forces' organization, being made up of Air armies, Aviation Divisions, and aviation regiments.

Air Defence Forces (Russian: Voyska PVO) was the air defense branch of the Soviet Armed Forces. It continued being a service branch of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1998. PVO is short for ProtivoVozdushnaya Oborona or "Air Defense". Unlike Western air defense forces, PVO National Air Defence Troops was a branch of the military unto itself, separate from the Soviet Air Force (VVS). During the Soviet period it was generally ranked third in importance of the Soviet services, behind the Strategic Rocket Forces and the Ground Forces.

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Soviet Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" Attack Aircraft Soviet Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" Attack Aircraft (1:170 Scale)

The Sukhoi Su-24 (NATO reporting name: Fencer) is a supersonic, all-weather attack aircraft developed in the Soviet Union. This variable-sweep wing, twin-engined side-by-side two-seater carried the USSR's first integrated digital navigation/attack system. It remains in service with former Soviet air forces and various air forces to which it was exported.

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Soviet Yakovlev Yak-38 "Forger" Strike Fighter Aircraft Soviet Yakovlev Yak-38 "Forger" Strike Fighter Aircraft (1:120 Scale)

The Yakovlev Yak-38 (NATO reporting name: "Forger") was Soviet Naval Aviation's only operational VTOL strike fighter aircraft, in addition to being its first operational carrier-based fixed-wing aircraft. It was developed specifically for and served almost exclusively on the Kiev-class aircraft carriers.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23M "Flogger" Fighter Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23M "Flogger" Fighter (1:150 Scale)

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: Flogger) is a variable-geometry fighter aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in the Soviet Union.

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Soviet Air Defense Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT Fishbed Fighter - Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation Unit Humpback Soviet Air Defense Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed" Fighter - Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation Unit "Humpback" (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis Fagot Fighter - Colonel Yevgeni Pepelyayev, China, 1951 Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis "Fagot" Fighter - Colonel Yevgeni Pepelyayev, China, 1951 (1:72 Scale)

The spectacular MiG-15 fighter used a combination of Russian ingenuity and "borrowed" advanced European aviation technology to become one of the most famous aircraft designs of its era. Called the "aircraft-soldier" by Russian pilots, the aircraft was exceptionally strong and dependable.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21RF Fishbed Fighter - Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation Unit Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21RF "Fishbed" Fighter - Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation Unit (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21RF Fishbed-K Fighter - Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation Unit Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation Unit (1:72 Scale)

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Russian Sukhoi Su-35S "Super Flanker" Multirole Fighter - Le Bourget Paris Air Show, France, 2013 Russian Sukhoi Su-35S "Super Flanker" Multirole Fighter - Le Bourget Paris Air Show, France, 2013 (1:72 Scale)

The Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) Also known as Super Flanker, is a designation for two separate, heavily upgraded derivatives of the Su-27 'Flanker'.

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Russian Beriev A-50 Mainstay Airborne Warning and Control Aircraft - Red 51, 2457th SDRLO, Ivanovo Severny AB, Russia, 2007 Russian Beriev A-50 Mainstay Airborne Warning and Control Aircraft - "Red 51", 2457th SDRLO, Ivanovo Severny AB, Russia, 2007 (1:130 Scale)

The Beriev A-50 Shmel (Russian: 'bumble bee'), (NATO reporting name: Mainstay) is a Russian airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - "Blue 22", Krasnodar Higher Aviation Training Facility, Soviet Union, 1980 Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - "Blue 22", Krasnodar Higher Aviation Training Facility, Soviet Union, 1980 (1:72 Scale)

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - "Blue 60", 296 IAP, Soviet Union, 1980 Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT "Fishbed-K" Fighter - "Blue 60", 296 IAP, Soviet Union, 1980 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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East German Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF "Fishbed" Fighter - Jagdfliegergeschwader 1, East Germany East German Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF "Fishbed" Fighter - Jagdfliegergeschwader 1, East Germany (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MT "Fishbed-J" Fighter - "Blue 15," Dolgoye Ledovo, Russia, 1970s Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MT "Fishbed-J" Fighter - "Blue 15," Dolgoye Ledovo, Russia, 1970s (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-21 saw frequent action in the Vietnam War and was one of the most advanced aircraft at the time. However, many North Vietnamese aces preferred flying the MiG-17, due to the high wing loading on the MiG-21's. With high wing loading, the MiG-21 was not as agile or manueverable as the MiG-17.

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Soviet Air Defense Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23M "Flogger-B" Fighter Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23M "Flogger" Fighter - 787th IAP, Eberswalde, Finow AB, Brandenburg, East Germany, 1970s Soviet Air Defense Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23M "Flogger-B" Fighter - 787th IAP, Eberswalde, Finow AB, Brandenburg, East Germany, 1970s (1:72 Scale)

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: Flogger) is a variable-geometry fighter aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in the Soviet Union. It is considered to belong to the Soviet third-generation jet fighter category, along with similarly aged Soviet fighters such as the MiG-25 "Foxbat".

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Libyan Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MS "Flogger-E" Fighter - 6915, Al Bumbah Airfield, Tobruk, Libya, 1980s Libyan Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MS "Flogger-E" Fighter - 6915, Al Bumbah Airfield, Tobruk, Libya, 1980s (1:72 Scale)

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: Flogger) is a variable-geometry fighter aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in the Soviet Union. It is considered to belong to the Soviet third-generation jet fighter category, along with similarly aged Soviet fighters such as the MiG-25 "Foxbat".

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Russian Sukhoi Su-25SM "Frogfoot" Ground Attack Aircraft - "Red 24", Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria, November 2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-25SM "Frogfoot" Ground Attack Aircraft - "Red 24", Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria, November 2015 (1:72 Scale)

The Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name: "Frogfoot") is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces.

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Soviet Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" Ground Attack Aircraft - "Red 59", 378. OShAP, VVS, 40th Army Air Forces, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, 1986 Soviet Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" Ground Attack Aircraft - "Red 59", 378. OShAP, VVS, 40th Army Air Forces, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, 1986 (1:72 Scale)

The Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name: "Frogfoot") is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces.

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Russian Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29C 'Fulcrum' Fighter - "White 51", Borisoglebsk Training Center, Summer 2001 Russian Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29C 'Fulcrum' Fighter - "White 51", Borisoglebsk Training Center, Summer 2001 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" ("Tochka Opori" in Russian) was designed and built to be a single-seat supersonic, all-weather, air superiority fighter representing the latest and perhaps last fighter produced by the Mikoyan Design Bureau. The primary role of the MiG-29 is to destroy air targets at ranges from 60 to 200 kilometers (30 to 110 nautical miles) at all altitudes, on all profiles, in any weather, and under all electronic countermeasures (ECM) conditions.

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Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25M1 "Frogfoot" Ground Attack Aircraft - Tactical 299th Aviation Brigade, Nikolaev, Ukraine, 2014 Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25M1 "Frogfoot" Ground Attack Aircraft - 299th Tactical Aviation Brigade, Nikolaev, Ukraine, 2014 (1:72 Scale)

The Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name: "Frogfoot") is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces.

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Polish Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29A 'Fulcrum' Fighter - 4120, 41st Tactical Squadron, 22nd Tactical Aviation Base, Malbork, Poland, "100th Anniversary of the Polish Air Force" Polish Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29A 'Fulcrum' Fighter - 4120, 41st Tactical Squadron, 22nd Tactical Aviation Base, Malbork, Poland, "100th Anniversary of the Polish Air Force" (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" ("Tochka Opori" in Russian) was designed and built to be a single-seat supersonic, all-weather, air superiority fighter representing the latest and perhaps last fighter produced by the Mikoyan Design Bureau. The primary role of the MiG-29 is to destroy air targets at ranges from 60 to 200 kilometers (30 to 110 nautical miles) at all altitudes, on all profiles, in any weather, and under all electronic countermeasures (ECM) conditions.

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German Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29A 'Fulcrum' Fighter - Jagdgeschwader 73 "Steinhoff", 1994 German Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29A 'Fulcrum' Fighter - Jagdgeschwader 73 "Steinhoff", 1994 (1:72 Scale)

The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" ("Tochka Opori" in Russian) was designed and built to be a single-seat supersonic, all-weather, air superiority fighter representing the latest and perhaps last fighter produced by the Mikoyan Design Bureau. The primary role of the MiG-29 is to destroy air targets at ranges from 60 to 200 kilometers (30 to 110 nautical miles) at all altitudes, on all profiles, in any weather, and under all electronic countermeasures (ECM) conditions.

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Soviet Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29C Fulcrum Fighter - V-VS 1 Flight TSBP Soviet Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29C 'Fulcrum' Fighter - V-VS 1 Flight TSBP (1:48 Scale)

The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" ("Tochka Opori" in Russian) was designed and built to be a single-seat supersonic, all-weather, air superiority fighter representing the latest and perhaps last fighter produced by the Mikoyan Design Bureau. The primary role of the MiG-29 is to destroy air targets at ranges from 60 to 200 kilometers (30 to 110 nautical miles) at all altitudes, on all profiles, in any weather, and under all electronic countermeasures (ECM) conditions.

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Soviet Air Defense Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25P "Foxbat-A" Interceptor - "Red 31", Lt. (Sg.) V. Belenko, 513th Fighter Regiment, 11th Air Army, Chuguyevka Airbase, Russia, 1976 Soviet Air Defense Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25P "Foxbat-A" Interceptor - "Red 31", Lt. (Sg.) V. Belenko, 513th Fighter Regiment, 11th Air Army, Chuguyevka Airbase, Russia, 1976 (1:72 Scale)

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (NATO reporting name: Foxbat) is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau. The first prototype flew in 1964, and the aircraft entered into service in 1970.

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Soviet Air Defense Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25PDS "Foxbat-A" Interceptor - "Blue 59", 146th GvIAP, 8th Air Defence Army, Vasilkov AB, 1985 Soviet Air Defense Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25PDS "Foxbat-A" Interceptor - "Blue 59", 146th GvIAP, 8th Air Defence Army, Vasilkov AB, 1985 (1:72 Scale)

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (NATO reporting name: Foxbat) is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau. The first prototype flew in 1964, and the aircraft entered into service in 1970.

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Ukrainian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25PD "Foxbat-A" Interceptor - "Red 49", 146th Fighter Aviation Regiment, Vasilkov Air Base, 1995 Ukrainian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25PD "Foxbat-A" Interceptor - "Red 49", 146th Fighter Aviation Regiment, Vasilkov Air Base, 1995 (1:72 Scale)

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (NATO reporting name: Foxbat) is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau. The first prototype flew in 1964, and the aircraft entered into service in 1970.

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Russian Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" Strike Fighter - "Red 03", Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria, January 2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" Strike Fighter - "Red 03", Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria, January 2015 (1:72 Scale)

The Sukhoi Su-34, NATO reporting name 'Fullback,' is an advanced Russian two-seat fighter-bomber and strike aircraft. It is intended to eventually replace the Sukhoi Su-24. A variant of the Sukhoi Su-27 with side-by-side seating was developed in the late 1980s, making its first flight on 13 April 1990.

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Russian Navy Sukhoi Su-33 "Flanker-D" Air Superiority Fighter - Bort 67, 1st Aviation Squadron, 279th Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment, Severomorsk-3, Murmansk Oblast, February 2014 Russian Navy Sukhoi Su-33 "Flanker-D" Air Superiority Fighter - Bort 67, 1st Aviation Squadron, 279th Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment, Severomorsk-3, Murmansk Oblast, February 2014 (1:72 Scale)

The Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) is an all-weather carrier-based twin-engine air superiority fighter designed by Sukhoi and manufactured by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association, derived from the Su-27 and initially known as the Su-27K.

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Russian Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" Strike Fighter - "Red 21", Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria, 2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" Strike Fighter - "Red 21", Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria, 2015 (1:72 Scale)

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Russian Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" Strike Fighter - "Red 26", Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria, 2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" Strike Fighter - "Red 26", Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria, 2015 (1:72 Scale)

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Russian Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" Strike Fighter - "Bort #10", Oleg Peshkov Commemorative Scheme, August 2016 Russian Sukhoi Su-34 "Fullback" Strike Fighter - "Bort #10", Oleg Peshkov Commemorative Scheme, August 2016 (1:72 Scale)

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