Spectacular video shows Mig-29 Fulcrum going vertical immediately after take off

In case you haven’t already seen it, watch the Polish Mig-29 Fulcrum “going ballistic” after take-off.

Filmed at the recent RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, UK, the following video shows the Polish Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum jet beginning its display with an amazing take-off followed by a vertical climb.

Although other fast jets are able to perform the same maneuver, the video went viral because it clearly shows from a good standpoint and through the eye of a zoom the sudden pull and subsequent fast, rocket-like ascension of the Polish Fulcrum.

By the way, we used the term “going ballistic” for the Mig-29’s vertical climb in full afterburner even though the term refers to the ballistic path (similar to the trajectory of a thrown or launched projectile) a jet put into a nearly-vertical climb would follow under the action of gravity, without propulsion.

H/T Giulio Cristante for the heads-up

 

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6 Comments

  1. Uhhmm.. There aren’t many fighters that can’t do that. The F-22, F-15, F-16, and F-18, they can all do that. The trick is do get enough horizontal speed once airborne, then jerk the stick, and up you are. All fighters worth their salt have a thrust to weight ration of 1 or around that. Not that I’m poo-pooing the Mig-29. It’s an incredibly capable plane. It’s just slightly better in a dogfight than the F-15 and F- 18. Great Russian plane.

    • Indeed they are also pretty cheap and have low main hours per flight hour. Considering the Russians technical resources its a pretty ingenious design.

  2. I guess you don’t need a Raptor to pull that kind of take off, an old Mig-29 will do the job just fine :)

  3. Hmm,
    I assume you didn’t get the meaning of the quotation marks used with “going ballistic” nor read the article where you can find:

    By the way, we used the term “going ballistic” for the Mig-29’s vertical climb in full afterburner even though the term refers to the ballistic path (similar to the trajectory of a thrown or launched projectile) a jet put into a nearly-vertical climb would follow under the action of gravity, without propulsion.

  4. nice takeoff, same moves as i seen f-18 do. f-22 and f-15 too. but the best is always a su-35

    would like to see the T-50 PAKFA going vertical, it should do even better than the f-22

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