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Instagram photo by e_pic.seA Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 performing at the Danish Air Show 2016 More images here: The Sukhoi Su-27 (Russian: Сухой Су-27) (NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy aircraft ordnance, sophisticated avionics and high manoeuvrability. The Su-27 most often flies air supremacy missions, but its most modern variants are able to perform almost all aerial warfare operations. The basic design of the Su-27's is aerodynamically similar to the MiG-29, but it is substantially larger. The swept wing blends into the fuselage at the leading edge extensions and is essentially a cropped delta. The Su-27 is also an example of a tailed delta wing configuration, retaining conventional horizontal tailplanes, though it is not a true delta. The ‘tunnel’ between the two engines, as on the F-14 Tomcat, acts both as an additional lifting surface and hides armament from radar. The Su-27 had the Soviet Union's first operational fly-by-wire control system. Combined with relatively low wing loading and powerful basic flight controls, it makes for an exceptionally agile aircraft, controllable even at very low speeds and high angle of attack. In airshows the aircraft has demonstrated its maneuverability with a Cobra (Pugachev’s Cobra) or dynamic deceleration – briefly sustained level flight at a 120° angle of attack. The Su-27 entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1985. The primary role was long range air defence against American bombers and flying long range fighter escort for Soviet heavy bombers. #Sukhoi #Flanker #Aircraft #Aviation #E_PIC_SE #su27 #russianairforce #russianarmy #Airforce #Military #avgeek #instagramaviation #instaplane #instaaviation #megaplane #airplane_lovers #aviationphotography #planeporn #avporn #Instagood #aviationgeek #technology #Science #action #artistic #flight #flying #defense #fly

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