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Berkuts (Golden Eagles)
Mi-28N from Berkuti aerobatics team.jpg
Two Mi-28N from the Berkuti aerobatics team
Active1992 to the present[1]
CountryFlag of Russia.svg Russian Federation
BranchFlag of the Russian Air Force.svg Russian Air Force
RoleAerobatic display team
Garrison/HQTorzhok aviation center
Tver Oblast, Russia
Aircraft flown
Attack helicopter6 Mil Mi-28

The Berkuts (English: Golden eagles) are a Soviet and later Russian aerobatic performance demonstrator team connected with the Russian Air Force.


The Berkuti were founded as a helicopter aerobatic team in 1992 and used first four, later six, Mil Mi-24 of different versions. The helicopters were painted in the usual camouflage colors, however, had at the height of the cockpit starting a lightning-shaped strip of over the whole length of the hull in the Russian national colors (White, Blue, Red). And on the righthand side area of the cockpit the team emblem. The Berkuti changed to six Mil Mi-28N combat helicopters. On August 2 2015 at the end of the flight demonstration at Ryazan a helicopter of the Berkuti teams crashed down and caught fire. One pilot was rescued while the other pilot was killed. The reason for failure was seen in the hydraulic system and led to a temporarily grounding of the whole Mi-28 fleet.[2] However, already at the MAKS Airshow end of August 2015, the team showed again its air display show. The three teams Berkuti, Russian Knights/Russkiye Vityazi and Swifts/Strizhi belong to the standard teams at the MAKS (air show) and the victory parades in Moscow.

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  1. ^ "Russian Berkuti helicopter aerobatic team is celebrating its 20th anniversary - News - Russian Aviation - RUAVIATION.COM". Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  2. ^ "Failure of hydraulic system caused Mi-28N crash near Ryazan | Russia Beyond The Headlines". Retrieved 2015-10-12.

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