YeahitsK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4838 times:
Does anyone know of any US airshows where modern Russian-built fighters fly demonstrations or are even on static display? I've never heard of it happening, and just wondered why. I realize there is the foreign technology issue, but my understanding is that the US possesses a "Red Hat" squadron of captured technology (rumored to be at Area 51). I would think Russian intelligence would be aware of this, or that US pilots are quite familiar with these aircraft and their capabilities from Red October exercises in Germany. You can even buy one from E-bay. It apparently works the other way, here's an F-15 flight demo in Russia:
Migfan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4777 times:
I would like to see that too. One usually gets the restored Mig-15/17, but that is about it. Last season a fellow had an airworthy Mig-17 running under Red Bull colors. The aircraft was a spirited performer, and very loud! L-39s are also starting to become prevalent on the U.S. circuit. I would pay for a ride in that, but the whole insurance thing gets in the way.
The most exotic I have seen at a U.S. airshow was an RAF GR1A. Pathetic, I know, but what a kickass aircraft. The pilots were great and very receptive. The U.S. also gets the occaisional Canadian participants where I am.
I've seen those as well. There used to be a great airshow put on my the National Warplane Museum in Elmira, NY which has since run into financial woes. In the late 90's they had flight displays of an RAF Nimrod and Tornado as well as Mig 17s, and L-39s in addition to the standard US fare. Great little airshow, I miss it a lot!!
Braud65 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4652 times:
Quoting YeahitsK (Reply 3): I've seen those as well. There used to be a great airshow put on my the National Warplane Museum in Elmira, NY which has since run into financial woes. In the late 90's they had flight displays of an RAF Nimrod and Tornado as well as Mig 17s, and L-39s in addition to the standard US fare. Great little airshow, I miss it a lot!!
IIRC, there was a Mig 15 many years ago at Niagara Falls. We seem to be on the short end of the stick when it comes to shows here in WNY. Hope someday we might have another one.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2161 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4649 times:
Quoting Braud65 (Reply 10): IIRC, there was a Mig 15 many years ago at Niagara Falls. We seem to be on the short end of the stick when it comes to shows here in WNY. Hope someday we might have another one.
I've seen plenty of MiG-15/17's on the circuit over the years. They are fairly common. It's the other MiG's that are so elusive stateside.
I saw them at Paine Field around about then. Is that the show you are talking about? I seem to remember them being MIG-29s though. I remember they did the cobra maneuver and everyone thought it was pretty cool. I also remember walking though the AN-225 and being impressed with the titanium floor and sticking my head in the wheel wells. The crew of the AN-225 were very friendly and seemed to made up of mostly older guys. I don’t think any of them spoke English, but you could tell they were thrilled to be there and took great pride in their aircraft.
SLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 619 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4581 times:
I think they stopped by Paine Field on the way to the Aerospace America Airshow in June of 1990. It was the first time the AN-225 or SU-27s (not MiG-29s, I'm certain) had been to the US.
The airshow was largely the product of the efforts of Tom Jones. He had purchased his SU-26 directly from the Russians (Soviets?) and had cultivated a personal relationship with them. During the show a large variety of military and civil aircraft performed.
Sunday was marred by the death of Tom Jones in his SU-26. He had been entertaining the Russians at night with parties, running the airshow, and performing in it. The temperature was close to 100 F and following a torque roll his aircraft did a several turn spin with no recovery efforts noted. The NTSB concluded it was probably due to loss of consiousness. The Russians flew a tribute flight with the AN-225, Su-27s, and Su-26s that they had brought.
It was a sad end to what had become one of the nations great airshows. It continued for a few years but has never matched the shows of the late 80's and 1990. I can remember seeing an SR-71, U-2, F-117, VC-10, Bob Hoover, Sean Tucker, Leo Loudenslager, BD-10, Boeing Skyfox and many other great performers and unique aircraft at those shows.
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Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4459 times:
Currently the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has the following airplanes on display; MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19, MiG-21, and MiG-23. In the restoration shops are; MiG-21 (will replace the currently displayed MiG-21), MiG-23 (will replace the currently displayed MiG-23), MiG-29, and Su-22.
You can tour the restoration shops on the 2nd Friday of each month from September to May and every Friday from June to August. Due to the great interest in the "Memphis Belle" the tours are already booked up into June.