Two Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 Flankers and one accompanying Il-76 have been among the highlights of the Malta International Airshow. And here some really cool shots of such interesting aircraft.
Malta hosted the traditional airshow over the last weekend.
Even though bad weather conditions forced the organization to cancel the aerial display over Smart City on Sunday Sept. 25, the arrival of the participants as well as the Saturday’s show provided an opportunity to take some cool shots of the most interesting aircraft that visited Malta airport in Luqa for the event.
Surely, the most awaited guests of this year’s edition of the Malta International Airshow were the two Su-27 Flanker jets of the Ukrainian Air Force.
Indeed, a Su-27 and a Su-27UB (58 BLUE and 71 BLUE), supported by an Il-76 Candid landed at the Maltese airport on Sept. 22: the Ukrainian trio arrived in style, performing a low passage over the runway before coming to landing.
By the way, this once again proves that Ukrainian pilots do love low-level flying…
On Friday Sept. 23, some photographers were given the opportunity to get some shots of the aircraft at night. Our contributor Estelle Calleja was among them and took the stunning shots you can find in this post.
The two-seater Su-27UB took part in the late afternoon flying segment over Smart City with a solo display that included release of flares. This was the first time the airshow took place over the area.
Both aircraft left Malta on Monday Sept. 26. The two Flankers performed a formation takeoff for runway 05, followed by a right hand turn and a low pass to bid farewell to Malta after an attendance that will be long remembered.
Stay tuned for a new article about all the other highlights of the air show that we will publish in the next few days!
bigger then amraam, heavier, less ecm resitance, inferior radar, inferior official max range (305 less then amraamc8 despite beeing much bigger nad heavier) scarce in numbers…Official specs…You can read them by your own….now in western countries is time for amraam-d and meteor…
And where did you get this information from?
From production companies, R77 included…
are you talking about the not yet fielded 120D? never heard of C8
last C; c7 sorry
+ The US military completed AIM-120D operational testing in July 2014 and it was declared combat-ready by Navy in January 2015, followed by the Air Force that July.+
You are right. I guess they started fielding it then. it will take a few good year before it will be ubiquitous yet.
“the f-15 falls apart before reaching combat zone. IOC was 1975, we have 2016 now.”
well it should come as a surprise to you that the USAF intends to now keep the F-15C until at least 2040 after an expansive and in-depth SLEP.
Needless to say it wont be your daddy’s F-15C any more. After the purposed SLEP the future F-15C would be as different as a F-16C Block 50 is to a F-16A Block 15.
The USAF originally intended to replace the F-15C with the F-22 but we all know how that turned out. Because the F-15E Strike Eagle was a newer aircraft they intend to keep it around to about 2030 and will be eventually phased out and replaced by (most likely) F-35.
or the airline