PAK FA (ПАК-ФА T-50) – close photos

Sukhoi company allowed for the first time journalists to see Russian Stealth fighter T-50 (PAK-FA) from close distance at MAKS airshow 2013, Zhukovsky. PAK-FA was in his hangar in Flight Test Center “Suhogo“ (Сухого) Zhukovsky.

Photographed PAK-FA and other two took a part of the Airshow, flying program, showing amazing figures of aerobatics.

Flying tests of T-50, which will enter into service in Russian Army in 2016/2017., held in “Gromov Flight research institute“ (Летно-исследовательского института имени Громова). Four aircraft are included in tests and until end of 2013. joined them fifth jet with number 055.

Development program and many of characteristics are not yet know. Even if most of its technical specs are secret, some details have emerged. T-50 is produced using stealth technology. Super maneuverable fighter is not limited by weather condition or day/night.

The aircraft is a stealth equipped with a front, side and rear AESA radar, as well as L Band radars. It features TVC (Thrust Vectoring Control), a top speed exceeding Mach 2 and super maneuverability. It should carry a wide variety of weapons including air-to-air, air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles.

In other words, it will be Russian answer on American USAF jets F-22 and F-35.

Current contract with Russian Ministry of Defense is about 60 new PAK-FA fighters.

Close PAK-FA Photos: Marina Lystseva

Photos of all 5 prototypes PAK-FA (T-50), numbers from 51 to 55
















Belly landing of the F-111C / RAAF (Australia) – 18.06.2006.

Successful wheels up landing of F-111C at Royal Australian Air Force base Amberley.

The aircraft lost one main wheel during take off and it was decided the safest method to land was with the complete undercarriage retracted. The arrestor hook system was successfully employed to stop the aircraft. 18 Jun 2006.


If you like to see belly landing Su-27, click Su-27 Belly landing.or Russian Knights Su-27 Belly landing video.



Successful wheels up landing of RF-111C

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Iranian F-14A Tomcats and F-4 Phantoms II Escorting Su-27 Flankers Russian Knights Aerobatic Team

Some unexpected photos to see maybe.

Su-27s from Russian aerobatic team being escorted by Iranian F-14A Tomcats and F-4 Phantoms to Bahrain Air Show 2012.

Three Cold war legends, side by side in the air, and no one have finger on trigger.

Iranian Tomcats with Russian Knights

Iranian Tomcats with Russian Knights


Russian Knights team with Iranian F-4s


Iranian F-4 Phantom escorting Russian Knights


F-14 Tomcat escorting Russian Knights


Su-27s and F-14 Tomcat

Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-4DE Phantom II Mig-29CUB F-14A Tomcat Russian Su-27 aerobatic demonstration team returning from Bahrain ruaf (3)


Australian welcome to Indonesian Flanker – Pitch Black 2012. exercise Darwin

Two Australian No. 77 Squadron F/A-18 Hornet Aircraft welcome Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker aircraft into Darwin to participate in Exercise Pitch Black 2012. Mid CaptionExercise Pitch Black is a major multi-national biennial exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force, involving Offensive Counter Air and Offensive Air Support missions being flown at training ranges across the Northern Territory. Exercise Pitch Black 12 was held from 27 July to 17 August 2012, and involved 2200 personnel and up to 94 aircraft from Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and the United States.

Australian F/A-18 and Su-27 and SU-30

Australian F/A-18 and Indonesian Su-27 and SU-30

Soviet airbase in Poland 1948.-1992. Stargard – Kluczewo

Air field Kluczewo (Polish: Lotnisko w Kluczewie, Lotnisko Kluczewo, also known as Lotnisko Stargard, in German: Fliegerhorst Stargard-Klützow or Fliegerhorst Klützow, in Russian: Ключево) was a military airfield 420 kilometers west-northwest of Warsaw, Poland.
The airfield was built in 1935 by the Luftwaffe as Fliegerhorst Stargard-Klützow in what was then German territory. It was a complete air base, with hangars, barracks, a weather station and all. Fuel and ammunition storage facilities were slightly off-base, along with a firing range. As was common at the time the airfield had its own connection to the national railway grid to ease resupplying.

Kluczewo Airfield - Poland 1990.

Kluczewo Airfield – Poland 1990.

In 1936 the airfield was home to the tactical reconnaissance squadrons I./ and II./112. By September 1939 this had changed to the Army Reconnaissance Group 21, flying Henschel HS126. In November 1939 Blind Flying School 2 (German: Blindflugschule2) moved to the airfield, but they returned to their original airfield by the following February. July 1940 brought another Blind Flying School: number 5, flying Ju-52/3m transports. They moved to Belgrade (Yugoslavia) in August 1941, and followed up by the Heavy Transport Flying Blindflugschule 8. Blindflugschule8 left for Brest (Belarus) in February 1943 however.

Su-27S, July 1992. Kluczewo - Poland

Su-27S, July 1992. Stargard-Kluczewo – Poland

After the flying schools had all left the airfield became a fighter base. On 6 October the airfield was severely bombed by US Eigth Air Force heavy bombers. Aside from its oval shaped flying field it also had a reinforced runway to its southwest. It was used from November 1944 by II./JG400 flying Me163 ‘Komets’, a rocket powered fighter. The unit did not progress beyond test flights, however. When the eastern front approached, they were quickly withdrawn to the west in December.
JG3 ‘Udet’, flying Focke Wulf FW190 Fighters was brought to the airfield on 25 January 1945 to counter Soviet attacks on the east front. Soviet forces kept pressing for the airfield however, and JG3 left on 6 February for Prenzlau. Shortly after the entire base was abandoned with the exeption of a 12-men demolition team. The first Soviet tanks reached the airfield on 8 February 1945, but they were repelled a few times before they took the airfield.

Last days of Flankers on this airfield, 2nd July 1992.

Just before leaving Poland, 2nd July 1992.

From 1945 until 1992 the airfield was used by the Soviet air force. They expanded the air base, and built hardened aircraft shelters and a small military town to house their personnel and their families. For quite a while the airfield operated several models of MiG-21, which were replaced by 39 modern Su-27 ‘Flankers’ (33 Su-27 fighters, 6 Su-27UB trainers) in 1988. The best known unit stationed at the airfield was the 159th ‘Red Banner of Novorossiysk’ Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment. The unit had been stationed at the airfield since 12 August 1964. Their final Flankers were withdrawn on 10 July 1992. After the last Russians left on 7 October 1992, the base was abandoned and it has since fallen into ruins.


Kluczewo 2003.

Kluczewo 2003.

Kluczewo 2009.

Kluczewo 2009.

American officer in Su-33

A Russian Navy officer explains his aircraft to a visiting U.S. Navy officer while the aircraft sits on the flight deck of the Russian Aircraft Carrier Adm. Kuznetsov as it steamed in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 7, 1996. The aircraft carrier became the meeting place for the First Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy and the Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet. Russian Adm. Igor Kasatonov invited Vice Adm. Donald L. Pilling, U.S. Navy, aboard the Russian carrier to discuss potential professional contacts between the two navies during the Adm. Kuznetsov deployment in the Mediterranean. The American delegation was hosted to a tour of the ship, a display of embarked aircraft and a traditional Russian meal. The Russian carrier is in the Mediterranean to show the flag and help commemorate the Russian Navy’s 300th anniversary.

American officer in Su-33

Su-27 and other inflatable military decoys

During 2010. Russian army was in talks with company Rusbal to buy inflatable jets, tanks, SAM systems including radars and launchers, they are making them very successful.

There is no war without simple tricks, masking and decoys, even today in modern era with everything is digitalized, or “sattelitazed“ …  almost nothing cant work without some kind of software, or computer usage on the field, or air. But decoys have long history in wars…and very successful history. Why not using them…

Find decoys on this photo :)

Migs and Sukhois real jets or decoys

Here are some photos of decoys which tested Russian Army:


S-300 decoy

Su-27 decoy

Su-27 decoy

Tank decoy


Su-27 decoy


S-300 decoy

American Flankers


Maybe you already heard that two Su-27s Flankers were sold to American company “Pride Aircraft Inc“, acquired from Ukraine. Both are UB variants, demilitarized, 100% overhauled, better to say `zero-time`, and both were registered as civilian jets. So, they were like new from factory, but without weapon systems,no IRST,…etc.


Software , navigation equipment were changed to western technology. All cockpit markings were relabeled in English. The aircraft have full IFR U.S. instrumentation and avionics, but retain every bit of character, pedigree, and performance they had in foreign military service. Marks of the jets are 31 and 32, but civilian licence registers are N131SU and N132SU.

Su-27 UB N131SU

Su-27 UB N131SU


Su-27UB N132SU

By information we found, they were sold to Pride Aircraft around 2009 from Ukraine. Pride Aircraft Inc had plans to do some high-altitude research, but company Pride Aircraft went bust and project was terminated. Both aircraft are sold, and price was about $5 million per jet. Customer unknown yet. Here are some photos and videos with both Flankers:

All cockpit markings were relabeled in English

All cockpit markings were relabeled in English

All cockpit markings were relabeled in English


First flight of the N131SU video

Exercise Indra Dhanush 2007 photos

Exercise Indra Dhanush 2007 came to an end on July 12/07, reaching its crescendo with a 6 vs. 6 aerial combat involving 4 Indian Su-30 MKIs, 4 British F3 Tornado air defence variants, 2 British Typhoons, and 2 of the Royal Navy’s GR9 Harriers. An Indian IL-78 MKI aerial tanker and a British E-3D Sentry AWACS aircraft were also in the air. No details were released regarding the results, but we’re sure they made for very interesting debriefs.

Here are some photos from excercise , hope very interesting for you:

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon and IAF Su-30MKI

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon and IAF Su-30MKI

As part of Exercise Indradhanush 2007, IAF Sukhoi-30 MKI and RAF Eurofighter_07

RAFs Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado and IAF Su-30MKI

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon and IAF Su-30MKI

RAF Tornado F3 and IAF Su-30MKI

RAFs Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado F3 and IAF Su-30MKI

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon and IAF Su-30MKI

RAFs Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado F3 and IAF Su-30MKI

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon and IAF Su-30MKI



Russian base in Belarus 2016.

Russia will establish airbase in Babruysk, eastern Belarus, in 2016. and transfer there Su-27 jets, said Commander of the Russian AF (Colonel General Bondarev) in October 2014.:

“The airbase of the Russian and Belarusian Air Force will be created in 2016. Su-27 fighter jets will be based there”

Sukhoi`s will be stationed at military airfield, which need recovery, so reconstruction is expected there.


Previously, starting this year Russia, decided to transfer 24 jets Sukhoi Su-27SM3 to Belarus airbase Baranovichi, to provide inviolability of the airspace of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

Later this year, Russian defence minister, Sergey Shoigu said : “Next year we will deploy 12 combat aircraft Su-27 and two training aircraft Su-27 in addition to a fleet of four Mi-8 helicopters at the airfield in Babruysk. It is support aviation”. Russia will also send four sets of S-300 complexes to the Belarus Army.


Later, due to the situation in Ukraine and the NATO activities, Minsk offered to receive Russian planes to its territory. As a result, 6 Russian fighter planes Su-27 and three military transport planes have flown to the airfield Babruysk.



Dassault Rafale & Su-30MKI / Garuda V

Starting June 2014. “Garuda V“, Indo-French air exercise, held at Jodhpur airbase (India), where fighters from both countries took part of training, Dassault Rafale and Su-30MKI, same classes or 4+ generation fighters.

At least 2 French pilots have done sorties Su-30 MKI  and MiG-27s as well. IAF pilots have been taking spins in the 4 Rafales at Jodhpur as well. Good for everybody for trading or better to say sharing experience to each other.

One nice photo from there:


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