Luhansk fighters have shot down another Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum
On Sunday Aug. 17, pro-Russia separatists have shot down another
Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum in East Ukraine. The aircraft has been identified as “White 53″.
This is the second
Ukrainian Mig - 29 assigned 40th Tactical Aviation Bde, Vasylkiv AFB, shot down in the last weeks: another Fulcrum, identified as “Blue 02″ was downed on Aug. 7.
According to the spokesman for Kiev’s military operation Leonid Matyukhin, who spoke to Ukrainian Channel 5, the pilot ejected and was taken to a safe place.
Indeed, images of the ejection seat, along with parts of the wreckage appeared on several Russian media outlets and forums.
Image credit: militarizm.livejournal.com/
H/T to Babak Taghvee for posting the link to the images with some details about the plane on ACIG forum.
Ukrainian Air Force combat planes stored in the peninsula were redeployed to airbases in mainland Ukraine when Crimea was invaded. Including a Mig-29 that is now back to flight status.
Russian forces invaded Crimea Ukrainian Air Force aircraft deployed near Sevastopol were dismantled, loaded on trucks and relocated to the mainland Ukraine.
But 7 healthy MiG-29, MiG-29UB two seater Fulcrums and 3 L-39 stored there remained on the Crimean repair plant.
Mothballed Fulcrums were quickly reassembled and put back to flight status to join the other
Ukrainian air force Mig-29s, Su-27s, Su-25s, Mil Mi-24s and some Soviet-era UAVs fighting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukrainian (where Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down last month).
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has released an image of the first Mig-29 Fulcrum that was re-assembled and brought back to operational status.
Image credit: Ukraine MoD
“Fulcrum Drivers” features
Polish Air Force Mig-29s as you have never seen them before.
Filmed by Polish Air Force pilots from 22nd Tactical Air Base – Malbork, the following video shows
Mig-29 Fulcrums from a quite intimate point of view: the cockpit.
The footage, shot using GoPro cameras, brings the viewer on the
Soviet Union-era fighter plane during aerobatics, formation flying, mock aerial combat against German Eurofighter Typhoons.
You can even see a quite rare live firing test of am R-60 (
AA-8 Aphid) air-to-air missile.
Noteworthy, it looks like the video maker tried to censor the German Air Force roundel at 01:57 (weird!), and you can see the shadow of a small drone used to film the plane on the ground in the very first seconds of the video.
Polish Air Force has
deployed four Mig-29 Fulcrum fighters to Siauliai Air Base, Lithunia, to provide Baltics Air Policing.
H/T to Matt Fanning for the heads-up.
Two F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, one F-18 Hornet and one Mig-29 Fulcrum were among the most interesting foreign guests of Roma International Air Show 2014.
Along with the Frecce Tricolori and Patrouille de France display teams and the usual solo displays by the Italian Air Force’s F-2000, Tornado IDS, AMX and C-27J, Roma International Air Show 2014, didn’t fail to meet the expectations of about 1 million spectators bringing in the skies over Ostia, on the coast to the west of Rome, Italy, some really interesting guests: the
Dutch F-16 Demo Team, the Belgian Air Force F-16 demo team, the Swiss Air Force F-18 demo and the Polish Air Force Mig-29 demo.
In this page you can see some images taken on Jun. 28, during the airshow rehearsals.
F-16 RNlAF Demo team:
Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornet:
F-16 BAF Demo:
Mig-29 Polish Air Force
Mig-29N and Su-30 flying in formation with F/A-18E during PASSEX exercise in Malaysia.
Cope Taufan 14, a biennial Large Employment Exercise which took place from Jun. 9 to 20 in Malaysia, was attended by U.S. F-15s from 104th Fighter Wing, from Barnes ANGB (Air National Guard Base), Massachusetts, F-22 Raptor stealth fighters from the 154th Wing, Joint Base Peal Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, as well as several other aircraft belonging to the U.S. Air Force and Royal Malaysian Air Force, including RMAF MIG-29N Fulcrum, Su-30, BAE Hawk, and F/A-18D Hornets.
A new maritime exercise is currently taking place in the same region, involving U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and Royal Malaysian Air Force and Navy: PASSEX.
Here are a couple of cool and rare images taken during Passex 2014 from inside a U.S. Navy Super Hornet while flying a mixed formation with the RMAF Russian aircraft.
Image credit: U.S. Navy