[quote=Ronguild;2659700]It is not totaly right: The soviet navy had fleet tanker (BEREZINA and BORIS CHILIKIN class) able to perform RAS side by side and also used "civilian" (SOFIA class)tanker on the "follow me" mode to refuel.
I too have seen photos of BORIS CHILIKIN class refueling Helicopter carriers.
Very interesting documentary in russian about Alexei Petrovich Maresiev (May 20, 1916 – May 19, 2001).
He was a famous Russian fighter ace during the Great Patriotic War. He began his flights as a fighter pilot in August 1941. He had shot down 4 Nazi planes by March 1942, when his own fighter was downed near Staraya Russa, then occupied by Germans.
Despite being heavily injured, Alexei managed to return to the Soviet-controlled territory on his own. During his 18-day long journey, his injuries deteriorated so badly that both of his legs had to be amputated below the knee. Desperate to return to his fighter pilot career, he subjected himself to near a year of exercise to master the control of his prosthetic devices, and succeeded at that, returning to flying in June 1943.
In total, he completed 86 combat flights and shot down 11 Nazi warplanes. He was awarded a Golden Star of Hero of the Soviet Union (August 24, 1943), the highest military decoration in USSR.