Mikoyan Mig-29 (Микоян МиГ-29)
The Mikoyan Mig-29 (Микоян МиГ-29) is a multirole fighter that possesses superior maneuverability. She was developed during the mid-1980’s and was originally designed by Mikoyan in the Soviet Union. This incredible aircraft was specifically designed to counter the American F-15 Eagle.
There are other variants of the legendary Mig-29 such as the Mikoyan MiG-29M. The Mikoyan MiG-29M (Микоян МиГ-29M) is also a multirole fighter that was developed as an advanced variant of the original MiG-29. The already extremely maneuverable Mig-29M features vectored thrust which gives her insane maneuverability.
MIKOYAN MIG 29M OVT Vectored Thrust Demo – Farnborough (airshowvision)
This incredible airplane combined with vectored thrust can perform super-maneuvers such as the famous Pugachev’s Cobra maneuver featured in the video above. This is a must see video that perfectly demonstrates the incredible maneuverability the Mig-29 has. She would definitely be tough in a dogfight and can strike well beyond visual range. The Mig-29M is one of the World’s most deadliest aircraft and is second to none in the air!
Pugachev’s Cobra maneuver is one of many tests used to see if an aircraft has super-maneuverability. These maneuvers are also used to the pilot’s skill as well. Pugachev’s Cobra maneuver is an impressive maneuver that demonstrates an aircraft’s engine-versus-inlet compatibility, high angle of attack (AOA) stability and pitch control authority. The Pugachev Cobra maneuver is named after a Soviet test pilot named Viktor Pugachev. He performed it at an air show in Le Bourget, Paris in 1989.
Here’s how Pugachev’s Cobra maneuver is performed. First, the pilot flies at a moderate speed and suddenly raises the nose momentarily to the vertical position. Second, the pilot raises the nose slightly beyond vertical before dropping it back to level flight. The pilot uses robust engine thrust to maintain an approximate constant altitude through the entire maneuver. Many experts have concluded that the maneuver may have use in a dogfight even though it has never been used in combat.
The Mikoyan MiG-29M was originally named the “MiG-33” and was designed by Mikoyan during the mid-1980’s in the Soviet Union. The Mikoyan MiG-29M (Микоян МиГ-29M) is an advanced variant of the MiG-29. She was designed to be a multirole fighter which features vectored thrust and advanced avionics and weapons systems.
The original MiG-29 was designed to meet the Soviet western frontline demands at the time. Soviet western frontline defensive air forces were in desperate need of a capable multirole fighter that would give them offensive strike capabilities. It was also originally designed to counter the United States Air Force’s F-15 Eagle. Mikoyan not only delivered on all the Soviet western frontline demands, he exceeded them and designed one of the World’s GREATEST fighter planes.
Over the years, the Mig-29 would be constantly upgraded with state-of-the-art components. They even experimented with vector thrust engines which they would eventually name the MiG-29OVT. The MiG-29OVT was renamed as the MiG-29M. The MiG-29M/M2 now belong to a brand new unified family of fighters instead of the MiG-29 fighters family that comprise of older MiG-29 variants. The MiG-29ME is an export version of the MiG-29M (Product 9.15).
Also known as the “Super Fulcrum”, it is a comprehensively upgraded version and features all the bells and whistles that the MiG-29M has. There are many other variants of the Mig-29 such as the MiG-29M / MiG-33 (Product 9.15), MiG-29UBM (Product 9.61), MiG-29M2, MiG-29SMT, MiG-29M, MiG-29UBT (Product 9.51T) and the MiG-29M2 / MiG-29MRCA. She is currently is service with the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Indian Air Force and the Egyptian Air Force.
Mig-29 Top Speed
The Mig-29 Top Speed at high altitude is Mach 2.25 (2,100 km/h or 1,310 mph) and Mach 1.13 (1,400 km/h or 870 mph) at lower altitudes. Her overall length is 17.37 m (57 feet) with a wingspan of 11.4 m (37 feet 5 inches). It has a loaded weight of 19,200 kg (42,330 lbs) for the MiG-29M and a loaded weight of (19,000 kg (41,890 lbs) for MiG-29M2. Her maximum takeoff weight is approximately 26,500 kg (58,420 lbs).
Combined with her advanced lightweight airframe and the powerful RD-33MK thrust vector engine. Give her deadly advantages over her adversaries with an out of this world thrust-to-weight ratio. This gives her great speed and super-maneuverabilty in close combat with the capability to out maneuver its adversary. The Mig-29 is the MOST DEADLIEST aircraft in the skies with a skilled fighter pilot sitting in the drivers seat.
Thrust vectoring nozzles are available for the Mig-29 but is only offered if requested. The brand new powerful RD-33MK is the latest variant of the RD-33. This advanced engine has 7% more power in comparison to its baseline model. The use of exotic materials on the cooled blades provide a thrust of 9,000 kgf. The new RD-33MK features new technologies that reduce its infrared visibility. These RD-33MK engines are smokeless as well.
The Mig-29M and newer variants are equipped with an inflight-refueling (IFR) probe. The Mig-29M can also carry three fuel drop tanks. The Mig-29M’s redesigned airframe allows her to carry much more fuel internal inside the LERXs fuel tanks and dorsal spine. This gives the single-seat variant of the aircraft an operational range of over 2,000 km with internal fuel and a range of 3,200 km with three fuel drop tanks. Her range can be extended to 6,000 km with inflight refueling.
The Mig-29 Cockpit has been redesigned over the years to accommodate the many new variants and advancements in technology. The first Mig-29 Cockpit design was simple and was outfitted with the latest technology of the era. As you can see in the photo below. The Mig-29 Cockpit is a traditional fighter pilots cockpit with the control stick in between the pilots legs and the throttle located on the left control panel.
All flight instruments are right in front of the pilot with all knobs and controls in easy reach. The brand new Mig-29 Cockpit has been redesigned and incorporated with contemporary features. Some of the original analogue instruments were retained. Two monochrome liquid crystal displays (LCD) and multi-function displays (MFD) have been added with new weapon control systems in the HOTAS concept plus many more upgrades to numerous to mention here.
The Mig-29 Cockpit also features new technologies such as the Zhuk-ME radar and the infra-red search and track (IRST) system. The Mig-29 also features a helmet-mounted target designation system (early head-mounted display). This gives the pilot all the information he needs to make a split second decision which could mean the difference of life or death. Fighter pilots have fractions of a second to make decisions so they need all the information they can get.
You can compare the differences in Mig-29 Cockpit’s by looking at the image above. You’re looking at a photo of the Mig-29M Cockpit which looks much different than the original Mig-29 Cockpit. Right in the center of the control panel are the two monochrome liquid crystal displays (LCD) and multi-function displays (MFD). As you can see, the differences are quite extreme although the basic layout with the control stick and throttle are still the same.
Mikoyan Mig-29 High Altitude – 8-Camera view + Flight Data – МиГ29
You’ve already seen what the Mig-29M can do in the video earlier in the post. If you did NOT watch that video yet, go ahead and view it because it is a MUST SEE video. You’ll see the Mig-29M perform one of the MOST difficult aerobatic maneuvers ever attempted, the Pugachev Cobra Maneuver. The Mig-29M is NOT only one of the World’s most maneuverable aircraft. She can perform a variety of missions that other aircraft in her class can NOT!
She’s also a space ship! Well, not exactly but she is capable of extremely high altitude missions. Take a look at the extraordinary video above and get a pilots perspective of a high altitude flight in a Mikoyan MiG-29M (Микоян МиГ-29M). This is a GREAT video for flight enthusiasts because there’s no annoying music but the beautiful sounds of the pilot and Mig-29M in flight! So sit back and relax and see what it’s really like to fly aboard a Mig-29M.
I really hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did. What a way to conclude the post, right! Thank you for stopping by and learning about the LEGENDARY Mikoyan Mig-29. She is truly one of the GREAT aircraft of all time and will be in service well into the foreseeable future. With advances in technology in avionics and power plants, she will terrorize the skies for decades to come. That’s very bad new for her adversaries!
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