F-15E somehow steals Moscow air show from PAK-FA [UPDATED!]

UPDATE: Crisis averted! I am reliably informed the T-50 prototype will make an appearance at the MAKS air show in August. The aircraft has been noticed in advertisements for MAKS under the slogan “every time a premier”, implying the T-50 will be this year’s star attraction.

F15E air show credit air force 2.JPGPhoto of F-15E courtesy of US Air Force.



Huh? US Air Forces Europe apparently can spare an F-15E from raiding Libya to play acrobat over Moscow, but the Russian Air Force can’t show off the PAK-FA at the country’s biggest air show?

You read that correctly.

So far, the star attraction at the Moscow air show in August is a 15-minute display by a Boeing F-15E. Meanwhile, the most important revelation by Russian aviation — indeed, perhaps in ALL of aviation — since 2009 could be sitting in a hangar in Siberia.

That’s what Vladimir Yurevich, coordinator of the MAKS 2011 air show, seems to be suggesting in this translated article posted on a Russian web site last week.

I know what you’re saying: It’s a stealthy military prototype at the beginning of a flight test programme — perhaps this isn’t the time to be flying it over nosy crowds. That explanation would be more credible if the T-50 had not already performed a flying display over the head of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a year ago. And the Russians have the option of parking the one of the two T-50 prototypes on the flying display.



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12 Responses to F-15E somehow steals Moscow air show from PAK-FA [UPDATED!]

  1. sferrin 9 May, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    “So far, the star attraction at the Moscow air show in August is a 15-minute display by a Boeing F-15E. Meanwhile, the most important revelation by Russian aviation — indeed, perhaps in ALL of aviation — since 2009 could be sitting in a hangar in Siberia. ”

    I’d rank the J-20 as a bigger revelation. We knew the PAK-FA had been coming for a decade. J-20 was a bit out of left-field in comparison. Moreover, I’d consider the J-20 a more “clean-sheet” design, intended specifically for reduced RCS vs. the PAK-FA.

  2. Stephen Trimble 9 May, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    It’s a fair point to make, but I still rank PAK-FA over J-20. The J-20 may not be much of a fighter without the 117S engine developed for PAK-FA. And the J-20 has been known about for at least a decade or more, although I agree it was beyond anything I had imagined when it was revealed.

  3. RobH 9 May, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    Ahhhh…

    That’s because, like Cela Ward or Cindy Crawford, true sexiness never gets old and the Britney Spears types just can’t compete.
    :)

  4. Surfcaster 9 May, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    If nothing else, thanks for posting one of the best eaglepix I’ve ever seen. Thumbs up!

  5. Mark Brueschke 10 May, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    Maybe it’s the show stealer because hundreds have been built, a number of countries use them and they’ve been combat proven for over 20 years.

    Something you can’t say about the J-20 or PAK-FA

    J-20 and PAK-FA are where the YF-22 and YF-23 were 20 years ago.

  6. sferrin 10 May, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    @Stephen Trimble: Given the friction between Russia and China when it comes to respecting IP (Flanker for example) do you think it likely that China will get anymore engine help from Russia?

  7. Stephen Trimble 10 May, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    Allow me to invent a new Russian proverb: Where there’s a ruble there’s a way.

  8. Flateric 10 May, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    I can’t get how Borisov’s words of ‘PAK FA program leaders are working on to show T-50 at MAKS’ transformed into ‘no PAK FA at MAKS’

    sometimes permission to show something at MAKS (to be included in ‘List #1′ signed by President is being received at the first day of exibition – many must remember KTRV’s Kh-58UShKE, Kh-31AD and NIIPs T-50 radar hidden under canvas at initial days of MAKS

    so it’s too early to bury T-50 premiere – at least for flying display

  9. Henry J Cobb 10 May, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    What both Russia and China need is something to match the reduced-RCS afterburners of the F119 and F135.

    Perhaps GE will sell China the F136 prototypes if the Pentagon gives those back?

  10. Steve 10 May, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Gotta say, that is some paint job.

  11. Ed 10 May, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    F-15 stealing the show? Do you mean the Su-35 won’t be there then? Surely they’d want to showcase that, seeing as it’s actually for sale.

  12. Alex 11 May, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    To your collection of russian proverb: Stealth fighter PAK-FA – every time like a premier steal money.

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