MiG-29 & L-39
THE MiG-29 UB "FULCRUM"
Flights in the MiG-29 are available at Sokol Airbase in Nizhny
A twin-engine jet capable of speeds in excess of Mach
2.3. Similar in size and layout to the US F-18 Hornet. Fly the
MiG-29 for "Top Gun" maneuvers.
American company Incredible Adventures has been offering flights
in the legendary MiG-29 since 1993.
The jet is best known for its aerobatic ability but is also capable
of flying to the edge of space and providing an incredible view
of the curvature of the earth.
MiG-29 (NATO code "Fulcrum") is one of the most advanced combat
airplanes in the Russian Air Force. It was designed for gaining
an air superiority role in the Soviet Union during the early 80s.
One of the most advanced airplanes in the world, the legendary
MiG-29 has turbojet engines and boasts a superior ratio of power
over mass coupled with excellent aerodynamics.
Incredible Adventures customers love the wonderful view from
the cockpit. The MiG-29 is equipped with two RD-33 turbofan engines
and is the world's first aircraft fitted with dual-mode air intakes.
This means that during its flight, air is fed directly into the
engines; but while moving on the ground, the air intakes are closed
and air is fed through the upper surface of the wing to prevent
ingestion of foreign objects (rubbish and debris) from the runway.
All these characteristics make the aircraft most effective in
any aerial combat. The basic version of the MiG-29 aircraft is
intended to use missiles and built-in guns to destroy all types
of air targets under any weather conditions. The MiG-29 is capable
of destroying ground targets using rockets within the pilot’s
field of vision. To prepare and train MiG-29 pilots, the MiG-29UB
two-seat combat trainer was developed, following the template
of the single-seat fighter. The MiG-29 is comparable to the American
F-16 and F/A-18 fighter.
The MiG-29 Fulcrum has become the favorite fighter in the Russian
Air Force and different modified versions currently operate in
more then 25 countries round the world. Among those countries
are Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cuba, Germany, Hungary,
India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, North Korea, Peru, Poland,
Romania, Slovakia, Syria, Sudan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. In most
of these countries, it has become the main choice of a light front-line
fighter for their respective national air forces.
There are several current MiG-29 upgrade programs in operation
conducted by the Russian Air Force which include: upgrading the
avionics suite to comply with NATO / ICAO standards; extension
of the aircraft service life to 4,000 flight hours (40 years),
upgrading combat capabilities and reliability and safety enhancements.
In 2005 the Russian Aircraft Corporation "MiG" started production
of a new unified family of multi-role 4th generation fighters...
the aircraft-carrier based MiG-29K and the front-line MiG-29M
and MiG-35 fighters.
FLY THE L-39 "ALBATROSS"
the L-39 are offered at the Vyazma Air Center, 250 km from Moscow.
(You can also fly an L-39 in the US.)
A subsonic Czech wonder used by the famous Russian Knights aerobatic
squadron. Fly the L-39 and you can
practice the same maneuvers you'll perform in the MiG or Sukhoi,
including Immelmans, loops and tailslides. (Fly
the L-39 in the U.S. and Other Locations.)(You can also fly an L-39 in the US.)