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Sky on Fire

Produced by : STAR MEDIA PRO LLC (RUSSIA) BY ORDER OF OJSC NTV BROADCASTING COMPANY (RUSSIA)
Year : 2010
Duration : 46 min
Number of episodes : 12
Produced by : GENERAL PRODUCER VITALY BORDACHEV, VLAD RYASHIN, GRIGORY NAKHAPETYAN, ELENA POLYAKOVA, MARINA STASENKO, INESSA ROZHDESTVENSKAYA, ANDREY ANOKHIN
Written by : ALEXANDER MARUTYAN, ELENA POLYAKOVA, IGOR TER-KARAPETOV, TIMUR KURBANALIEV, VYACHESLAV ROGOZHKIN
Directed by : DMITRY CHERKASOV
Cameraman : RADIK ASKAROV
Starring : EVGENY PRONIN, ARTYOM TKACHENKO, MIKHAIL EVLANOV, IVAN STEBUNOV, YAGLYCH, ELENA POLYAKOVA, YULIA SNIGIR, DMITRY FRID, NINA KURPYAKOVA, PAVEL TRUBINER, OKSANA KUTUZOVA, ANDREY EGOROV, VLADIMIR TURCHINSKY, ANATOLY KOT, ALEXANDER ANDRIENKO, SERGEY CHIRKOV, ALISA BOGART, IGOR SAVOCHKIN, ANDREY LUKYANOV, YURY KUZMENKOV, EVGENY MOSKALYOV, YURY KOLGANOV, NIKOLAY KACHURA, MAXIM MERKULOV, MAXIM BRAMATKIN, VLADIMIR KAPUSTIN, ALEXANDER SOLOVYOV, PYOTR OLEV, ALEXANDER NOVIK, LARISA DOMASKINA, ALEXEY NEKLYUDOV, YULIA LOKSHINA, IRINA LUKINA, ANNA GUCHENKOVA, EVGENY KRYLOV
This story covers the period from 1939 to 1945 and tells about the lives of courageous Soviet pilots whose destiny was to fight in the Great Patriotic War. The main character is the fighter pilot Vladimir Samoylov, a common guy from an orphan asylum who has been extremely keen on flights since his childhood. Pursuing his dream Vladimir enters a flight school and the sky becomes his second home... One serene day in June people hear a monotonous whistling sound of bombs falling from the sky and the ground becomes covered with blood. The Great Patriotic War strikes the yesterdayís graduates of the flight school, todayís young officers Vladimir Samoylov, Kostya Maretsky from Odessa, romantic Kolya Voronin and Vasily Astakhov, Hercules from the Urals. The war becomes their best teacher turning Stalinís faithful brave pilots into unforgiving war machines, real masters of the skies. Vladimir obeys to the laws of that time and keeps secret his friendship with the Luftwaffe fighter pilot Otto Jurgens. They fight together but on the opposite sides of the front line, they see each other turning into aces of the skies. Combat after combat they spare each otherís lives until the war changes their friendship into a fierce confrontation. Vladimir sees his close friend and brother-in-arms Nikolay Voronin dying at Hansís hand. A young family becomes an orphan, Voroninís pregnant wife Ekaterina remains alone. And then the pilots take the responsibility for the family of their fallen friend. In these terrible wartime days Vladimir loses his fellow soldiers one by one. He is shot down by an enemy plane but survives. Vladimirís aircraft is wrecked at the territory occupied by the enemy, he skulks through forests to partisans where he recovers after the wreck and joins their struggle. In the partisan unit the pilot meets a person from his peaceful past, the headmaster of the asylum where he spent his childhood. He helps Vladimir to cross the front line and break through to his military unit. Alive Maretsky meets his friend with sad news. The regiment has become an orphan. On return Vladimir canít immediately continue his military service. He is to pass a number of examinations because the NKVD is taking a special interest in him as he has returned from the enemy territory, the agents remember about his order awarded before the war for saving German pilot Otto Jurgens. Vladimir is saved by good luck: he meets his old friend, squadron commander Vladislav Polyakov, who goes to bat for his friend, writes a letter to Comrade Stalin and gets Vladimir out of tenacious clutches of NKVD agents. The pilot returns to service and again flies to combat the enemy. At the war Vladimir meets his love which is almost impossible during the wartime. Courageous woman pilot Asya Beregovaya becomes his true comrade-in-arms but dies soon. She heroically gives her life for the Motherland. Vladimir remains alone but he lives to see the very last battle when he destroys his main rival Ė Otto Jurgens.