Air International 1988-12
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??? - MiG Fulcrum: Pinnacle of the last generation?
Widely regarded as the star of the Farnborough International airshow last September, the single-seat MiG-29 climbs away on full afterburner.
The MiG-29 seen making a knife-edge pass with crossed aileron and rudder deflection, the upper intake louvres operating differentially to maintain stable inlet flow for the RD-33 turbofans.
The MiG-29 on final approach shortly before streaming its cruciform tail braking chute
The single-seat MiG-29 seen in company with the two-seat MiG-29UB (foreground) on the hard standing at Farnborough.
On final approach, with leading- and trailing-edge flaps extended, the MiG-29 reveals details of its undercarriage geometry.
The MiG-29 seen taking-off at Farnborough, air induction having switched from the lateral louvres to the main intakes at around 108 kts (200 km/h), take-off weight being "approximately 15 000 kg" with about two-thirds internal fuel.
The MiG-29 climbing away with undercarriage retracted and doors closing. This photograph gives the impression that the jet pipes are splayed.
This view shows clearly the primary engine air intakes and the twin dielectric fairings on the forward fuselage strokes for forward-sector Sirena 3 RWR and ECM. These latter also appear on the two-seat MiG-29UB (uchebny boyevoi, or combat trainer) which has a secondary combat role.
The two MiG-29s accompanied hy two Tornado F Mk 3s of No 5 Sqn which met the Soviet aircraft over the North Sea and escorted them into British airspace.
Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum-A
The MiG-29UB, this photograph showing clearly the shallow canopy over the tandem cockpits.
The single-seat MiG-29 seen in company with the two-seat MiG-29UB (foreground) on the hard standing at Farnborough.
A detail view of the intake geometry and top-hinged ramp of the MiG-29UB
A view emphasising the shallow depth of the cockpit canopy.
The two MiG-29s accompanied hy two Tornado F Mk 3s of No 5 Sqn which met the Soviet aircraft over the North Sea and escorted them into British airspace.
Tail parabrake stowage between upper and lower air brake surfaces
The one-piece taileron and extended-chord rudders.
The two MiG-29s accompanied hy two Tornado F Mk 3s of No 5 Sqn which met the Soviet aircraft over the North Sea and escorted them into British airspace.