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Moscow Skies (Nebo Moskvy)

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Moscow Skies (Nebo Moskvy)
Nebo Moskvy Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yuli Raizman
Release Date 1944
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Ilya Streltsov Pyotr Aleynikov
Zoya Nina Mazaeva
Lt. Col. Balashev Nikolay Bogolyubov
Capt. Goncharov Pyotr Sobolevsky
Sr. Lt. Cherbina Ivan Kuznetsov
Sr. Lt. Solovyov Evgeniy Nemchenko
Streltsov's Father Nikolai Shamin
Streltsov's Mother Aleksandra Salnikova

Moscow Skies (Nebo Moskvy) is a Soviet B&W 1944 war movie directed by Yuli Raizman. In Autumn 1941 young and inexpirienced fighter pilot Lt. Ilya Streltsov (Pyotr Aleynikov) joins a regiment that provides air defence of Moscow. Streltsov's beloved woman Zoya serves as combat medic in same unit, and Ilya thinks that she is more interested in decorated aces than in a rooky pilot. But soon Streltsov shows himself as skilled and brave pilot, and he is convinced that Zoya still loves him.

The following weapons were used in the film Moscow Skies (Nebo Moskvy):


Nagant M1895

Most Soviet pilots, including Lt. Ilya Streltsov (Pyotr Aleynikov), Capt. Goncharov (Pyotr Sobolevsky), Sr. Lt. Cherbina (Ivan Kuznetsov) and Sr. Lt. Solovyov (Evgeniy Nemchenko), carry Nagant M1895 revolvers. The guns are seen only in holsters.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Sr. Lt. Cherbina carries a Nagant holster.
The grip can be seen in his holster.
The grip can be seen in Streltsov's holster.

Tokarev TT-33

When Lt. Ilya Streltsov (Pyotr Aleynikov) makes crash landing after aerial ramming, he has a TT-33 pistol instead of previously seen Nagant. Some other pilots, including regiment commander Lt. Col. Balashev (Nikolay Bogolyubov), carry holstered TTs.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
A pilot carries a TT holster.
Lt. Col. Balashev carries a TT holster.
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Streltsov makes his way across the battlefield, holding a TT.
Streltsov, currently promoted to Captain, carries a holstered TT.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Soldiers on guard of the airfield carry Mosin Nagant Rifles, most likely M91/30s.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier of airfield guard runs with a rifle with bayonet in hand.

Machine Guns

Berezin UBS

Berezin UBS machine guns are main weapons of MiG-3 fighter planes. Real MiG-3s of Soviet Air Defence Forces, carrying a single UBS and two ShKAS machine guns, were used during filming.

Berezin UBS (Synchronized) - 12.7x108mm
MiG-3 in attack.

Shpitalny-Komaritski ShKAS

Shpitalny-Komaritski ShKAS machine guns are secondary weapons of MiG-3 fighter planes and primary weapons of I-153 and I-16 fighter planes.

Shpitalny-Komaritski ShKAS aircraft machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Two ShKAS are mounted over the engine on I-153.

Maxim M1910/30 M-4

A Maxim M1910/30 in M-4 AA quad mounting is seen in documentary footage.

Maxim M1910/30 in M-4 AA quad mounting
An M-4 mounting on a rooftop of Moscow building.


A destroyed Soviet T-60 light tank, armed with a TNSh-20 autocannon, is seen on battlefield.

TNSh-20 automatic cannon - 20x99mmR. It is mounted on T-60 light tank.
Destroyed T-60 is seen at the right.

2cm FlaK 30

An abandoned 2cm FlaK 30 autocannon is seen on battlefield.

2 cm FlaK 30 - 20x138mm B
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37-mm 61-K

37-mm M1939 (61-K) autocannons are seen in Moscow air defence and on the airfield.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
37-mm 61-K AA autocannon on the rooftop of Moscow building is seen in documentary footage.
37-mm 61-K autocannon fires at German bombers, attacking the Soviet airfield.

Other Weapons

Flare Pistol

A commanding officer of airfield fires a flare pistol. It is seen too far to be identified.

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A Polikarpov I-153 fighter plane on airfield...
...and in air.
A Polikarpov I-16 fighter plane on airfield.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 fighter planes on airfield.
A MiG-3 in air.
A Tupolev TB-3 lands.

Scale models of Luftwaffe bombers (generally resembling Do 215/217 and Ju 88) are used to film the scenes of air combat.

Nebo Moskvy-Bomber-1.jpg
Nebo Moskvy-Bomber-3.jpg
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Destroyed SdKfz 222 armoured car.
Destroyed StuIG 33B SPG.
Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track APC.
Destroyed T-60 light tank.


85-mm 52-K AA guns in documentary footage.
Unidentified heavy field gun is seen destroyed.

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