Stickers From South Africa, joined Sep 2007, 105 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12361 times:
I hope this hasn't been posted before, I tried to search but couldn't find anything.
I have a question reagrding the air intakes of the Mig 29. In many of the photos it appears as if there are solid covers blocking the air intakes for both engines. I have never seen an actual Mig 29 so i am only going on the photo's, but i am struggling to understand what they are for and how the engines work if these are in place.
It is also completely possible that i have missed something obvious, and that this might be a really dumb question. If so, feel free to enlighten me.
Here are a few photos to demonstrate what i am talking about. From what i can see, the covers are definitly in place while engines are running. (Maybe only during taxi??) Other times they're not there at all.
If you check Russian aircraft history you'll see they tend to engineer for less optimum conditions then most US Aircraft require. While it's very rare you'll see a modern Russian fighter flying off an unpaved surface, they build them to do so none-the-less. The 29 is not the only A/C to do this.
Stickers From South Africa, joined Sep 2007, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 12150 times:
Thank you all for the information and video.
Just out of curiosity, should the protection flap malfunction and close during flight (I know its probably impossible, but hypothetically) would the engines be able to draw in enough air to keep flying?
Acheron From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 2074 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 12056 times:
It probably will keep working as normal considering how hard it seems to be to stall the engines on the MiG-29 and Su-27. The only effect would probably be an increase in drag and a severe reduction in speed.