I've always admired this plane for its looks and legendary airshow performances - both good and bad.
However, I've always wondered how it would hold up to a Western air superiority type, like and Eagle for example.
I've never read anything regarding any "flyoff" between a Flanker and an Eagle, only a "mild" comparison between a an RAAF Hornet, where it seemed like they were stressing the F-18's strenghts. I've never bought that report. I have no doubt that after the collapse of the USSR
they staged a showdown between the two!
So, does anyone know the truth, the real truth?
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