Ukrainian Falcons

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Ukrainian Falcons
Logo Ukrainian Falcons
Active 1995 – present
Country Ukraine
Branch Emblem of the Ukrainian Air Force.svg Ukrainian Air Force
Role Aerobatic flight display team
Size 6 Aircraft
Colours White, Yellow, Blue
Aircraft flown
Fighter MiG-29 Sukhoi Su-27

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29A (9-12A), Ukraine - Air Force AN1185894.jpg

The Ukrainian Falcons' (Ukrainian: 'Українські Соколи, Ukrayins’ki Sokoly) is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Ukrainian Air Force. It was established in 1995 as a team of 6 MiG-29s (5 MiG-29 9-13s and 1 MiG-29UB).

The Ukrainian Falcons represents the elite of the Ukrainian Air Force's fighter pilots. This team is commanded by Colonel V. Rososhansky (Test Pilot First Class). Also members of the team are Colonels Korolyov and Dudkin, Lieutenant Colonels Kovolyov and Vecherinsky, Majors Sotnikov, Ovchinnikov and Lieutenant Colonel Nickolay Mekhed. The “Falcons” are based at the Kirovs’ke Air Base (Kirovs’ke raion, Eastern Crimea).

Ukrainian Falcons member Lt. Col. Volodymyr Toponar was the chief pilot of the Sukhoi Su-27 that crashed during the Sknyliv airshow disaster in 2002 (survived with injuries). He was found guilty of causing the crash and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.