A photo story of one flight on a MiG-29 aircraft at the altitude of 17 900 meters with a maximum speed of 1800 km/h. For those who have never experienced anything like this before it could become the brightest event of a lifetime.
We are going to fly from the SOKOL factory in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on an operational trainer MiG-29.
First of all you will need to take a medical examination and sign some papers to agree you won’t be blaming anyone if you die. The next step is a briefing. In fact the worst thing that may happen to you is vomitting. Untrained people often do not withstand the whole flight.
Such costume will protect from acceleration, air is supplied through the pipes. If the cabin gets depressurized at the height of 20 km the costume will compress the body so you will not die from the jump in pressure.
Going to the airfield.
Place of the chief pilot.
Preparing for the flight.
The plane consumes 2.5 tons of fuel for one flight lasting 45 minutes!
Standard pre-flight check.
Acceleration is to the discretion of the pilot. It may seem you lose consciousness and feel weightlessness.
Trained pilots fully control the situation even at very high speed, it seems amazing – everything goes dark before your eyes, you can’t even raise your hand while the pilot’s mind is absolutely clear.
Maybe they will even let you control the aircraft. And they will definitely do some aerobatics to impress you!
Secret photo laboratory at the SOKOL factory.
Flying back to Moscow.