Aug 21, 2007

Those Magnificent Russians & Their Flying Machines

This week, Moscow hosted Russia’s largest air show in the post-Soviet era.

Right before a low-level Mig fly-over, Putin felt confident enough to assert that Russia was already the world's leading producer of military aircraft, and would soon become the worlds third largest producer of civilian aircraft. You read that right. Fasten your seatbelt and get out those rosary beads, because we’re all going to be flying Russia’s safe, spacious, eco-friendly, and of course, whisper quiet Tupolev jetliners.

Also, Putin tapped First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov to lead the new state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation, an umbrella group to oversee Russia's resurgent aircraft manufacturing industry. See more on Ivanov's improving presidential odds below.

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