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.
The interesting part of the news is that the Tu-95 bombers near Alaska were not intercepted. On Apr. 22, two Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers flew into the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), in […]
According to the Eastonian newspaper Eesti Päevaleht eight Russian Air Force planes flew close (or at least closer than usual) to the Estonia’s airspace on Sept. 16, 2013. The aircraft had departed from St Petersburg […]
Earlier in October, Putin stated strongly that Russia would never “surrender” its Arctic area. Indeed, Temp airfield located on Kotelny Island, the largest of Russian islands in Novosiberian region, is being reactivated. The airfield has […]
people might disagree with there performance compared to western jets. but my god these are good looking and can maneuver like nothing else.
Had the pleasurable opportunity to watch an F-22 display a month ago at Seafair in Seattle; this video shows us their aircraft pulling off nearly all the same tricks. Granted its radar signature is gonna be massive in comparison, but I’d be more than a bit worried for anyone driving an F-16 or any other 4th gen for that matter if the fight got in close…
Ha, no. The F-22 is easily outmaneuvered by nearly any Sukhoi thrust-vectoring variant, as far as airshow demos go. The latter’s aerobatics repertoire makes the F-22 look like a joke.
Don’t believe to Russian propaganda. Russia is ALWAYS lying. 60 planes?! Maybe they have 4. And only one pilot really capable of flying them. Russia has GREAT shortage of trained pilots, ancient avionics, and most of their planes requires permanent-going repair. I lived there for nearly 40 years. I know what Russia is.
You are Ukrainian, that’s says a lot about your objectivity.
They don’t need a single airplane, as long as they have 1000+ ICBM, I don’t think anyone would dare to mess with them. Anyway the machine in a video is most impressive, an opinion coming from a Gripen pilot.
I agree with this post. Russia still builds jets for purist armchair pilots, kind of like how GM still builds manual transmission Vettes & Camaros despite DCTs, etc. having been ultimately superior for a while now.