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Edited and Translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online
The Russian Knights (Russian: Русские Витязи) is an aerobatic demonstration team of the Russian Air Force. Originally formed on April 5, 1991 at the Kubinka Air Base as a team of six Sukhoi Su-27s, the team was the first to perform outside the Soviet Union in September 1991 when they toured the United Kingdom. On December 12, 1995, disaster struck as three team jets flew in-formation into a mountainside near Cam Ranh, Vietnam during approach while en route to home from a Malaysian airshow during adverse weather conditions. Despite this tragedy, the team now performs with four Su-27Ps and two Su-27UBs.
Russian Knights has performed in the first China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition held in 1998, the second in 2000 and the 6th in 2006.
This year Russian Knights will also bring their spectacular performances to China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition held in Zhuhai city of Guangdong province, from November 13 to November 18.