Some people mistakingly think that the Russian Knights, an aerobatic demonstration team, are mere circus performers and useless in a real air fight. Moreover, they believe that Russian airÑrafts are all outdated and cannot compete with American advanced technologies like the AIM-120. Let’s try to make them change their point of view.
Instructions before their flight.
These guys make training flights on a regular basic. Besides, their training has very little to do with aerobatics, they exercise in combat simulation. The point is that these pilots are the best in the country so they have been invited into these teams.
As for the air fighting, an experienced pilot can ‘cheat’ the missile by skillful maneuvering so the missile either loses the target or gets so ‘exhausted’ that it just falls on the ground.
So, in the modern world, Russian Sukhoi aircrafts still remain the best.
It is -21C!
They remove snow from the aircrafts manually, as if they were their cars.
A brake parachute. See the ice on the plane?
The parachute opens when the plane lands and needs to slow down.
What is that?
One of the pilots.
About to take off.
This is a Mikoyan MIG-29.