Day of the Air Force of Russia (12/08)

Air Force Day (Air Force Day) is celebrated in Russia on August 12 in accordance with Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 549 of May 31, 2006 "On the establishment of professional holidays and memorable days in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation."

This holiday has received the status of a memorable day and is intended to contribute to enhancing the prestige of military service and the revival and development of Russian military traditions. It was established in recognition of the merits of military specialists in solving problems of ensuring the defense and security of the state.

On August 12, 1912, an order was issued by the Russian Military Department, according to which the Staff of the aeronautical unit of the Main Directorate of the General Staff was put into operation. To commemorate this event, August 12 is considered to be the beginning of the creation of Russian military aviation, and the date itself was the basis for the establishment of a professional holiday for air fleet pilots and aviation infrastructure workers - Russian Air Force Day (Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. - Air Force).