The LOOTM Archive

June 2014

Reviewing the LOOTM Archive, it seems I've been a quite remiss in not choosing the MiG-29 "Fulcrum," a small/light fighter (roughly equivalent to the F-16). But the oversight has been a happy accident because the MiG OKB ("Design Bureau") has upgrade the systems and given the airplane more fuel and thrust-vectoring to create the MiG-35.

The -35 has some contour changes from the -29, but maintains a look that is unmistakably a fourth-generation fighter aircraft. However, it appears as though there may not be a market for the new jet and the MiG-29s may just keep on flying. Perhaps there will be engine upgrades as the current fleet ages? But if they decided to surplus the -35, it would make some lucky (RICH) pilot very happy!

With the fixed-nozzle engines the airplane displayed great agility and all-around capability, but the vectored thrust allows for some truly inspired maneuvering. And the avionics are state-of-the-science current as well. 

It's too difficult to separate them, so...

The LOOTM for June

The Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29/35



Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB (9-51) aircraft picture

A pair of MiG-29s of the Stitzi ("Swifts"), one of the Russian Air Force's jet demonstration team. Note the difference in nose shape between the single- and two-seat versions. More amazing photos here:


Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35D aircraft picture

The MiG-35D leading the MiG-29K ("Navalize" MiG-29--note the landing gear!). Pic from, but some great info here:


This shot is of the MiG-29M OVT (vectored thrust test bed) that became the MiG-35. While difficult to see the nozzle deflection in this view, the flight path speaks for itself! More here (an unlikely source!): 

And a video of this very aircraft here (note wingtip smoke trails around the 2:35 point):