Fighter planes require x money for maintenance and a few money for fuel. If you can't afford daily flights in your fighter jets than chances are you're not prepared for an Invasion!
I agree, but I think money spent for several weeks practising a fly by for a parade is a bit of a waste when they should be training to defend the country.
I could be a really nasty bastard and suggest that the Russian AF really only had a supporting role that was in many ways similar to the role played by the Russian Navy and that the celebrations should be Army based as they did the hard yards.
Obviously the AF and Navy had a role to play, but the AF was seriously outclassed pummelled by the Nazis in the first month of the war and they never really got on top of the Germans till about 43... by which time the result had been decided on the ground.
Not to make light of their sacrifice or their struggle and effort.
It is an economic depression... you can hardly expect dress uniforms and front line units.
I liked the combat uniforms.