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First civilian SU-27 Flanker flies!

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Zack Baughman
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#1 Posted: 12/11/2009 10:35:43

This exciting news was posted to the Warbird Information Exchange forum by Buck Wyndham, editor of www.warbirdalley.com, and I thought I would share it here.

Zack

 

12/10/2009 FIRST FLIGHT! After much preparation and work, Flanker #31 (N131SU) became the first civilian-operated Su-27 Flanker in history. The aircraft blasted off Runway 25 at Rockford Airport (KRFD) after a takeoff roll of approximately 1000 feet, and climbed out of sight at a 30-degree angle. The pilots conducted a 40-minute long litany of systems checks, all of which were nominal, then returned for several low approaches and a graceful landing.

www.prideaircraft.com/flanker.htm

 



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#2 Posted: 12/11/2009 12:54:06

Here's the video - magnificent!




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Zack Baughman
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#3 Posted: 12/11/2009 13:10:28

Beat me to it - thanks Hal!  Can't wait to see this on the show circuit! 



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Larry Lyons
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#4 Posted: 12/23/2009 10:50:30

The 30 degree climb out was to stay under the 250 mph speed limit!  
thumbsup  Larry