As reported on January 15, 2021 by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, for the first time in the history of Russia, six An-124-100 Ruslan military transport aircraft simultaneously took to the skies. In the Bryansk region, the first joint training flights of the crews of the Seshchinsky [566th military transport] and Tver [196th Guards military transport] aviation regiments were conducted this year, with the participation of six strategic military transport aircraft An-124-100 Ruslan.
Six heavy military transport aircraft An-124-100 "Ruslan" from the 566th military transport Red Banner Aviation Regiment of the 12th Military Transport Aviation Mginsky Red Banner Division of the Military Transport Aviation Command of the Russian Aerospace Forces before takeoff from the Sescha airfield (Bryansk region ), 15.01.2021 (c) Vadim Savitsky and Konstantin Yemchenko / Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
The flights were carried out at an altitude of over 4 thousand meters, the total length of the route was more than 600 km, the average aircraft speed was 500 km / h.
The purpose of the training flights was to improve the skills of young crews of the An-124-100 Ruslan military transport aircraft in the simultaneous transfer of personnel of military units with standard weapons and military equipment over long distances.
During the flights, the crews of the An-124-100 "Ruslan" military transport aircraft practiced takeoff, landing, and en-route flights. The flights took place in difficult weather conditions in the form of precipitation, low clouds and strong gusts of wind.
The flights were carried out under the leadership of the commander of the military transport aviation of the Aerospace Forces, Lieutenant-General Vladimir Benediktov, with the involvement of the leadership of the military transport aviation command and the 12th military transport aviation division.