Flanker

40 miles Northwest and 1 week ago I missed it.

It’s for sale! Approximately $5.0M I think. Fuel (lots needed) is extra.

This aircraft is the first civilian-operated Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker in the world. Its first post-restoration flight, seen here, took place on 10 December 2009, in Rockford, Illinois, USA. It is registered N131SU.

The outside air temperature for this flight was 7 degrees Farenheit, or minus 14 Celsius. The wind was 250/15. The takeoff roll on Runway 25 was approximately 1,100 feet, and the pilots used a climbout angle of approximately 25-30 degrees to avoid accelerating through their FAA-waivered speed limit in Class D airspace. Flight duration was approximately 45 minutes.

It’s a little big for gift wrapping but still would make a nice present for that special pilot in your life. You know. Just in case my dear wife is reading this.

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3 responses to “Flanker

  1. Damn those engines are quiet compared to an F-4!
    Especially on run-up. No comparison. And no chute? Or does it have one and they just didn’t want to fool with re-packing it?

    • The J-57’s were particularly loud and smoky but were leading edge. An F-4 (Navy) pilot that worked for me thought it was the best plane in the U.S. inventory at the time and was proud to fly it. Note that the SU-27 engines each put out 27,000 lbs of thrust which I think is more than double that of the Phantom. More pictures of the plane for sale are here. Great restoration work including translation and painting of external markings.

      I couldn’t locate, either in photos or spec sheets, a braking parachute. When you flew, was it SOP to deploy it each time or on short runways?

  2. Was pretty much SOP to use the chute even if you had 11 grand worth of runway. First, you had plenty of personnel to re-pack the thing, 2nd one wanted to get used to handling characteristics on runway using chute–as especially in places like Europe we operated on slick and/or icy runways A LOT. Primarily tho to train for short fields at advanced NATO, other foreign bases (who usually had much shorter runways. USAF 11-12,ooo’ runways were mainly a function of the influence of SAC in 50s–NATO bases were almost ALL fighter bases with MUCH shorter runways–save for some RAF) So we trained that way in the US and overseas. Finally, why risk blowing a tire with lead-foot breaking even on an 11 grand runway? No problemo for experienced types, but problematic for newbies.

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