Russian Fighter In the Near Space

This is a video of training flights of MiG-31BM of the naval aviation of the Pacific Fleet when one fighter flew into the near space. The video shows how the fighter is pulling up and then keeps flying in the stratosphere. According to the official information, the pilots were training elements of a violator intercept in the air space of the Russian Federation.

The flight was performed at the height of over 20 thousand meters, the speed was as high as 2500 km/h.


4 thoughts on “Russian Fighter In the Near Space”

  1. The engines will cut out once the oxygen concentration drops too low.
    Also, as the air thins, there is loss of airflow over the wings. This, plus the loss of vector thrust, means the pilot loses all control over the aircraft. It becomes a ballistic missile, with its direction and attitude controlled by its momentum and the effect of random air turbulence.
    This could cause the aircraft to go into a spin; when it starts to fall and encounter thicker air, it can start to physically break up into pieces. Ultimately, this would cause the aircraft to crash.
    These are the factors that limit how high the aircraft can safely go.
    This is also why missiles going into thin atmospheres carry their own oxygen supply, and control is achieved by directional vector thrust of exhaust.
    Other than that, it is fantastic to watch these beautiful aircraft zoom up into near space. Any more footage?

  2. Space starts at 80 Km, but at that height is already vacuum. Atmosphere starts to fade above 20 Km. From 15 to 35 Km is lower stratosphere, where the Ozone layer is located. And yes, it´s the nearest an air-sucking airplane can be from “space”.

    The SR-71 could reach the altitude of 25,71 Km. The altitude record is with MiG-25, at 37,65 Km.


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