Aviation Photo #1077446 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29OVT - Russia - Air Force

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Tailstrike!! One of the stars of this years RIAT, at the end of Sunday's display the pilot put the aircraft down hard and it bounced in the air before touching down again. It was only when looking at my shots later on I realised that the jetpipes had touched the runway, creating a shower of sparks. It can only have happened for a split second, as nobody nearby seemed to notice it either!
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    MarkStevens
    Russia - Air Force
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29OVT
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29
    Mikoyan-Gurevich
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    Fairford
    England
    United Kingdom
    July 16, 2006
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Comments (18)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Great timing Mark... You lucky beggar! ;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
5 stars... no comment for this breath-taking touch ang go
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome! A click at the right time.
Cheers - ZakHH
Anonymous
11 years ago
At exactly the right moment.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great photo, you were very lucky to get capture this moment!
Anonymous
11 years ago
You're very lucky to have captured this photo, since you said it was a split second. One normally does not expect a tail strike from a military plane. Good job Mark.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Immence photography
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW this shot is just 2 good
Anonymous
10 years ago
It capture the moment and a photo should be a memory in time.
Anonymous
10 years ago
5 stars to photo, but it clearly shows the state of our aviation: lack of fuel leads to flight level decreasing...This touches even demonstrators:((((
Anonymous
10 years ago
Ladies and Gentleman, a new airshow routine called 'Tailstrike', Ha! No malice here. Everyone makes mistakes, even the Best test pilots in the world. Glad everything turned out okay.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot, but it s look like this 29' has problem with its main landing gear. the bottom looks like unusualy low on the ground and the nose is that rised...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Owie!! Must had a low speed on final in order to avoid a stall and a blowed up tires
Anonymous
9 years ago
Power and technology
Anonymous
9 years ago
Mig should be able to rotate at a very steep angle, the main gear does not seem to have fully extended.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Interesting shot, but to debunk what has been said about landing gear issues, the gear looks like it has not fully extended due to the heavy touch down on the gear which has fully compressed the struts. When the struts are fully compressed during a landing like this with a slight flare, you've got yourself a tail strike ladies and gentlemen...
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wow. Incredible shot. Thanks for sharing!

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