Russian president Vladimir Putin personally kicked off the 12th annual MAKS air show near Moscow on 25 August, attending the show for the first time since 2011.

Putin's arrival seemed to draw out the best of the Russian air force. The reclusive Sukhoi T-50 – conspicuously missing from the Victory Day celebration in May – made its first public appearance since MAKS-2013. A rare showing of the Mikoyan MiG 1.44 graced the static line, along with past superstars such as the supersonic Tupolev Tu-144.

Here are our 10 best images from Day 1:

1. Flanker formation flight

Flanker formation flight MAKS

2. Mil and Kamov designs stage epic fly-past

MAKS helicopter fly-by

3. Chinese air force officers pose in front of a Sukhoi Su-34

Su-34 MAKS

4. Russian fighters perform a starburst manoeuvre

Flanker Starburst flight

5. Sukhoi's three stars – Su-34, T-50 and Su-35S – approach MAKS

PAK FA in formation MAKS

6. Yakovlev Yak-130 emits Russian-red smoke as Mikoyan MiG-29 crosses in the distance

Yak-130 MAKS

7. The MiG 1.44 returns from retirement for rare public viewing

MiG 1.44 at MAKS

8. The Tupolev Tu-144 takes its appropriate place on the MAKS static line.

Tu-144 MAKS

9. Kamov Ka-52 performs solo in flying display

Kamov Ka-52 MAKS

10. Tupolev's twin jet-powered bombers – Tu-22M and Tu-160 – stand vigilant.

Tu-22M and Tu-160

All photos copyright of Billypix.

MAKS 2015