Soviets Parade Military Might Outside Moscow

July 9, 1961 - The Soviet Union exhibited new supersonic jet fighters and bombers today in an impressive show of air power. Celebrating Aviation Day, the Soviet Air Force displayed 11 new combat aircraft as well as big helicopter transports. Among the new combat aircraft were a delta-wing jet fighter with a liquid-fueled rocket booster and a heavy delta-wing jet bomber. Hundreds of thousands of spectators witnessed the two-hour show at Tushino Airport outside Moscow. Today's air show was regarded as an implicit and additional warning to the West in the Berlin situation.

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