At the airdrome in the Ryazan region opened a monument to the pilots-heroes

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The monument to the pilots-heroes 203-Guards of the Orlov regiment inaugurated on Saturday at the airfield Diaghilev.

As told to journalists by the commander of Distant aircraft the General-Lieutenant Sergey kobylash, this year marks 77 years since the first combat sortie of the regiment.

203rd Guards Orlovskiy regiment is the only formation of long — range aviation, including aircraft refuellers Il-78.

«The monument was opened eleven heroes of the Soviet Union, the pilots, who during the great Patriotic war, accomplished the feat. We will perpetuate their memory in honor of the 77th anniversary of the first combat sortie of the regiment,» said kobylarz.

He added that the personnel of the regiment proudly carries his banner and keeps the traditions of his predecessors.

«The traditions established back then — high combat skills, professionalism, dedication and commitment in the performance of assigned tasks — all of these qualities and today the company personnel, who stands in the ranks,» said the General.

In turn, Chairman of the Board of veterans dalnik, former-commander of Distant aircraft the General-the Lieutenant in resignation of Mikhail Oparin wished the pilots success in combat training and good flight work.

«I am delighted that the regimental banner and the helm of the air tankers are in safe hands of the crew of this unique and the only in the country of the regiment,» he said.

The event also was dedicated to the 106th anniversary of the Military air forces of Russia.