Brighten the inability of the Soviet command to use its numerous fighter aircraft was highlighted in defensive battles on the northern fase Kursk Bulge. Here, July 5, 1943 was a paradoxical situation, where 186 German fighters were enough to create, according to the Soviet side, "a powerful air curtain" in front of their bombers and terrorize the Soviet attack aircraft - and 386 combat-ready fighter pilots and 455 serviceable "Yastrebkov" 16th air army of the Central front had neither to neutralize the German bombers or to provide cover for their shturmovikov36. The Soviet command and then sprayed his strength, forcing part of the fighters patrol over the areas in which air is not threatened (for example, on routes on which put forward the 2nd Panzer Army in the Battle Area). The Germans all their fighters threw a few in the area of ??the main thrust of its troops - the area on which they had to work bombers - to purposefully search for Soviet fighters and destroy them even on the way to the battlefield. As a result, according to a senior officer of the General Staff of the Central Front V.T.Fomina Colonel, "bombers and attack aircraft of the enemy [...] produced the bombing and shelling of our battle formations in the entire tactical depth [...]" 37.