This is what happens when MiG-29 Fulcrum’s wheel brake anti-skid controls fail

Anti-skid lockup on a Mig-29 documented by these stunning photos.

Taken at Kecskemet airbase in Hungary in 2003, when the Hungarian Air Force operated the Fulcrum fighter jets (later replaced by the SAAB Gripen), the following images shows a single-seat Mig-29 experiencing a wheel brake anti-skid controls lockup on landing.

As you can see, in spite of yawing to the left, the aircraft finished its landing run within the runway. As a consequence of the antiskid failure, there were burst/exploded tyres with subsequent damage to the wheel-rims.

Mig-29 wheelhub

This explains the importance of the anti-skid system and why some military aircraft have to check the antiskid activation and radio the check to the TWR before landing (the F-104 was one of those when it flew with the Italian Air Force).

Mig-29 nose wheel

Here’s a detail of a burst tyre of the main landing gear.

Mig-29 tyre

Image credit: Ret. Major VÁRI Gyula former Mig-29 pilot


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.