Volga-Dnepr brings celebrations to Ulyanovsk


On 15 August – Russia's Aviation Day, Volga-Dnepr will arrange its 20th anniversary celebrations in Ulyanovsk. A number of public events will be organized, such as tugging of AN-124-100 aircraft by the world's strongest men and The Blue Bird pop band and Garik Sukachev rocker concert.

Government officials – Grigory Rapota, President's Plenipotentiary Representative in the Volga Territory, Sergey Morozov, Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region and Alexander Pinkov, Mayor of Ulyanovsk will participate in the celebrations.

The celebrations will open with Ulyanovsk 2010 Air Show at 11.00 a.m. near Aviastar Aircraft Factory facilities. The show will include many aircraft on static display, including AN-124-100 Ruslan, parachute jumping, and demonstration flights of large and small-size aircraft.

The most impressive event will likely be the tugging of AN-124-100, the world's largest series airplane by the world's strongest men, which is pretended to become the new world record.

The powerlifting show will start at 11.30 a.m. with various weight lifting exercises to be crowned with an attempt to muscle-move 190 tons of the Antonov giant. This attempt will be witnessed by representatives of Russian Planet Record Registration Committee and Valentine Dikul, a renowned Russian weightlifter and the honorary president of Russia's Strongest Athletes Federation.

The celebrations will then move to the right bank of the Volga River and continue on one of central squares of Ulyanovsk, where the Soviet era's legendary pop band The Blue Bird and a renowned Russian rocker Garik Sukachev will give a concert (scheduled to start at 7.00 p.m.).

"This year our company celebrates its 20th anniversary, and we would like to share our birthday celebrations with all people of Ulyanovsk. We invite all residents and guests of Ulyanovsk to take part in the celebrations of Volga-Dnepr's 20th anniversary and the Aviation Day," said Valery Gabriel, Executive President of Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

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