taken by Andrey Zinchuk The Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name: “Frogfoot”) is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 22 February 1975. After testing, the aircraft went into series production in 1978 at Tbilisiin the Soviet Republic of Georgia. Russian air and ground forces nicknamed it “Grach” (“Rook”).
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – A pilot from the 480th Fighter Squadron performs a pre-flight functions check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the flight line here Aug. 23 before he departs for Nordic Air Meet 2012. The fighter squadron departed for the multi-national training exercise to share and exchange new combat tactics with allied countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis/Released)
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from 148th Fighter Wing based out of Duluth, Minn., lines up his approach to the boom of a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 128th Air Refueling Wing from Milwaukee in preparation for a midair refueling, Aug. 15, 2012. The refueling mission was part of a employer incentive flight where Air National Guardsmen nominate their civilian employer(s) to witness an air refueling mission as a measure of thanks for the support their employers give to the air national guard and the guardsmen.
This beautiful mystery is a Sukhoi Su-47 The Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut (Russian: Су-47 Беркут - Golden Eagle) (NATO reporting name Firkin), also designated S-32and S-37 (not to be confused with the twin-engined delta canard design offered by Sukhoi in the early 1990s under the designation Su-37) during initial development, was an experimental supersonic jet fighter developed by Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. A distinguishing feature of the aircraft was its forward-swept wing that gave the aircraft excellent agility and maneuverability. While serial production of the type never materialized, the sole aircraft produced served as a technology demonstrator prototype for a number of advanced technologies later used in the 4.5 generation fighter SU-35BM and current 5th generation fighter prototype Sukhoi PAK FA.
Sukhoi Su-30 showing off. Man, those vertical stabilizers make the jet. The Sukhoi Su-30 (Cyrillic: Сухой Су-30; NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverablefighter aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions. The Su-30 started out as an internal development project in the Sukhoi Su-27 family by Sukhoi. The design plan was revamped and the name was made official by the Russian Defense Ministry in 1996. Of the Flanker family, only the Su-27, Su-30, Su-34 and Su-35 have been ordered into serial production by the Defense Ministry. All the others, such as Su-37, were prototypes. info from wiki.
Sukhoi Su-27/Su-35 taking off. Beautiful. The Sukhoi Su-35 (Russian: Сухой Су-35, NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) is a single-seat, twin-enginedsupermaneuverable multirole fighter. It is a derivative of the Su-27 ‘Flanker’, and was initially known as the Su-27M. More than a dozen of these were built with some used by the Russian Knights aerobatic demonstration team. The Su-35 had been offered to many countries, including India, Brazil and South Korea. In the 1980s, Sukhoi was looking to upgrade its high-performance Su-27. The resultant Su-35 embodies aerodynamic refinements to give it more manoeuvrability, greatly enhanced avionics, longer range, and a more powerful engine. The first prototype, converted from a production Su-27, made its maiden flight in June 1988. The Su-35 was further developed into theSu-37, which has thrust-vectoring capabilities, and the Su-35BM, classified as 4++ generation fighter by its manufacturer. The new model entered into serial production as the Su-35S for the Russian Air Force in 2010. Please correct me if I’m wrong. info from wiki.