- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: December 18, 1999
From their legendary dogfights to the amazing aircraft that carried them to glory, here is the complete story of the Russian Air Force.
The Russian Air force was born when the elite soldiers of the cavalry traded their swords and saddles for a place in what was known as the Imperial Air Service of Czar Nicholas II. COSSACKS IN THE SKY tells the incredible story of decades of airborne history that began with these unlikely aviators.
It is a story of amazing machines that defied expectations, of battles with surprising outcomes, and of national pride sustained after the collapse of an empire. Drawing on extensive combat and training footage, we'll trace the development of the planes that made history, from the monstrous Sikorsky Ilya Moumetz to the MIG-29 fighter that has seen action in almost every conflict over the last ten years. See how Stalin's purges left the Air Force bereft of skilled leadership and pilots before the onset of World War II, and relive the Cold War conflicts where Soviet and Western planes faced off with often unexpected results. And hear from the men who flew into history in the cockpits of MIGs, Sikorskys, Ilyushins and others.
Like no other program ever made, this is the complete history of the Russian and Soviet air force, a story long hidden from Western eyes.