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Mikhail Simonov, father of the Flanker, dies at 81

Sukhoi’s Mikhail Simonov, who designed the Su-27 Flanker and unlocked the export market for the Soviet Union’s most prized weapons systems, died earlier today in Russia. He was 81.Born between the Black and Caspian seas in Rostov-on-Don, Simonov graduated from the Kazan Aviation Institute in 1954, to become chief designer of a series of all-metal […]

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First glimpse of Chinese fighter, or Russian rip-off?

China has allowed the carrier-based J-15 to be photographed (above) and videotaped (below) for the first time after reportedly achieving first flight last August. The J-15 is credited by the Chinese as indigenous development, but the Russians consider it a rip-off of a Sukhoi Su-33 that China acquired from the Ukraine. Moscow also has complained […]

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‘Father of Su-27′ Simonov: F-15 hater

Mikhail Petrovich Simonov, designer of the iconic Su-27 Flanker, realized after the 1977 first flight that the T-10 prototype was a dog, a fact he explained to the aviation minister in Moscow. “‘It’s a good thing, Petrovich, that today is not 1937,” the minister replied.That is one of the incredible anecdotes sprinkled throughout a Simonov […]

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Russian Knights crash overshadows Sukhoi mega-deal at MAKS

The Russian Air Force will reportedly award a $1.9 billion deal for 60 Sukhoi fighters at the MAKS 2009 air show this week outside Moscow. News of the blockbuster deal — by Russian terms — was overshadowed by a fatal mid-air collision during airshow warm-ups that killed Russian Knights commander Col Igor Tkachenko and put […]

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SU-27s for sale in Illinois

I can hear the dealer’s sales pitch now: “What do I have to do for you to fly out of here today in your very own Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker?”As blogger Dave Majumdar has reported, Illinois-based Pride Aircraft is offering two demilitarized SU-27s. Pride specializes in selling Czech-made L-39 jet trainer, and acquired the former Ukrainian […]

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