Video shows what aerial combat looks like from aboard a Bulgarian Mig-29 Fulcrum

Oct 17 2014 - 5 Comments

Rare footage shot from the cockpit of a Bulgarian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum during a mock dogfight.

On Oct. 11, the Bulgarian Air Force celebrated its 102nd anniversary with an air show at Sofia. One of the highlights of the event was the demo by a Mig-29 Fulcrum jet piloted by VVS gen. Rumen Radev who first performed a “Cobra maneuver” and then engaged another aircraft of the same type in a mock aerial dogfight.

The following video, filmed many years earlier, will bring you aboard an aging but still maneuverable Bulgarian Fulcrum piloted by the then Col. Radev, during simulated air combat training with some interesting HUD (Head Up Display) footage.

One interesting thing worth a mention is the type of helmet worn by the pilot, quite obsolete and much less advanced than the standard JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System) and similar helmet mounted display systems used by modern western warplanes.

H/T to Simeon Miloushev for the heads-up




  • Smoky engine exhaust at 2:16, pushing full throttle at 2:33 – unsurprisingly this end in a bingo fuel…

  • Leo Polit

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  • MP

    It’s interesting to see the antiquated helmet, especially since a helmet mounted cuing system to support the AA-12 Archer’s off bore sight targeting capability would be such a huge advantage in a WVR setting. Is that something that is integrated into the helmet or an entirely separate system?

  • antiusa

    viva russia

  • Cody3/75

    Interesting to see the HUD display switching between a vertical track while scan mode and then the gun funnel pipper.