MAKS is an International Air Show
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held near Moscow
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Gromov Flight Research Institute
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air field. The first show, Mosaeroshow-92, was held in 1992. Since 1993, it was renamed to its current name and is held on odd years (MAKS-1993, MAKS-1995, MAKS-1997, MAKS-1999, MAKS-2001, MAKS-2003, MAKS-2005, MAKS-2007, MAKS-2009, MAKS-2011).
MAKS is an important event in Russian business. Although it started mainly as an entertainment event, the show soon became a marketplace where Russian airplane manufacturers could find export contracts and Russian air carriers could find foreign contacts. The whole event became important through CIS
Commonwealth of Independent States
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and neighboring countries, due to similarities of the market.
The most recent (MAKS-2011) took place on 16-19 August 2011 and closed on August 21.
Russian Knights crash 2009In 2009, the Russian Knights
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' commander Igor Tkachenko died in his Sukhoi Su-27
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after a collision with another Su-27.