The cancellation of the aerial part of the Victory parade is due solely to bad weather conditions, said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. He explained that the order of the Supreme commander or the Minister of defence is not required for this
Aviation did not participate in the military parade in honor of the 72th anniversary of the great Patriotic war due to bad weather conditions, said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
As reported by Interfax, Peskov said that “the cancellation of flights not had any order of the Supreme commander or the Minister of defence: has the security environment in the conditions when military aircraft can’t perform its tasks.”
“Cloud was nearly 150 m, and the aircraft is below 500 m of the cloud in terms of security, should not fly”, — he stressed.
The former commander Military-air forces of Russia Pyotr Deinekin told the news Agency that before the start of the parade the weather in the area the red square “deteriorated”. “Thank God that was canceled, because the risk for the sake of spectacle does not make sense” — said Deinekin. He recalled that in the history of aerial parades in the Soviet time there was a tragedy. In this regard, the decision of the command of the parade should be considered correct.
He also noted that in the past have been the cancellation of the flight of aircraft in weather conditions. According to him, the pilots can fly in such conditions “in operational use” and solving problems “in the clouds, and night, out of sight of land.”
This is not the first time the parade was canceled for the passage of air. Before the scheduled passage of aircraft over red square was canceled due to bad weather 24 Jun 1945 — during the first Victory parade, which was held under pouring rain. Bad weather also caused the cancellation of flight aviation during the celebration of the decade of the October revolution on 7 November 1927. Then moved flypast spent a few days at Khodynka.