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MiG-29 Aversary Training

Wed May 23, 2007 12:57 pm

Seeing this F-14 Fighter Fling 2003 video I was suprised to see German MiG-29 flying in formation with F-14s over Florida. Therefore I did some search on the internet and found some articles about MiG-29 adversary training.

Unfortunately these articles do not give much detail on how the MiGs exactly performed against western built aircraft. Although they say that in several maneuvers they could "outperform" USN/USAF aircraft, I was wondering what the overall results / outcomes of these trainings were. How did the MiGs perform against F-14s, F-15s, F-16s and F-18s? Under which circumstances did they do better / worse? And how did the Luftwaffe pilots perform in these exercises?

Thanks for any comments.

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RE: MiG-29 Aversary Training

Thu May 24, 2007 3:57 am

IIRC at manoeuvrability, it could keep up with all aircraft and surpass some. But its BVR qualities were very limited.
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RE: MiG-29 Aversary Training

Thu May 24, 2007 4:12 am

There was a documentary on Wings about Marine / US Navy pilots flying to Germany for adversary training with the German Air Force, they were still using Mig29's at the time, it was a pretty interesting show. The main thing I took away from it in relation to the F-18 is that compared to the Mig29, it is underpowered, the Mig is capable of more "power flying" while the Hornet best is low speed manuevering, also, that these training scenarios are just that, training, the pilots do not fly their a/c the way the a/c can be flown, but in a prescribed way to teach students the doos and don'ts of arieal warfare, at least in relation to the adversay a/c.

They did however, mention that occasionally, the adversaries do some sneaky stuff, they really did not elaborate, I assume because someone would get in trouble.

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