The Sukhoi Su-29 is a Russian-built, two-seat aerobatic aircraft with tandem cockpit. Based on the Sukhoi Su-26MX, it made its maiden flight on August 9, 1991. Equipped with a 9-cylinder radial engine, this aircraft is capable of take-off and landing in a field, if necessary. As well as civil pilots – especially in the USA, Australia, Great Britain, South Africa and Germany – the Russian and Argentine Air Forces also use this lightweight aircraft (empty weight: 760 kg).
The Su-29 appearing at AIRPOWER16 has been part of the Flying Bulls' collection since April 2011 and after 12 years in service underwent a Lifetime Extension at the start of 2013. This is a special procedure prescribed by the regulations of the aeronautical authorities where every component is meticulously inspected and a special test is carried out on the wings and tail assembly in order to be allowed to further operate the plane.
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||Sukhoi Advanced Technologies|
|Empty weight||814 kg|
|Max. take-off weight||1,220 kg|
|Max. horizontal speed||325 km/h|
|Max. vertical speed||440 km/h|
|Max. range||1,400 km|
|Power plant||Wedenejew M-14 P|
|Load factor||+12 / -10 g|