Aviation Photo #0692619 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29S (9-13S) - Russia - Air Force

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A split second after impact! I was following 526 (the upper MiG in the frame) 925 suddenly appeared in the top left hand corner of the view finder so I pressed the button! (Canon A1, Canon FD 100-300L, 1/500th Sec at f 5.6) scanned form Kodak EC100 (Ektachrome 100HC)
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    Martin Pole
    Russia - Air Force
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29S (9-13S)
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29
    Mikoyan-Gurevich
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    925 black
    Fairford
    England
    United Kingdom
    July 24, 1993
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Comments (77)

Anonymous
12 years ago
Yup, check out that flare n look the other smoke-full nozzle, verymuch contrast. litle bit blur over the upper object n clear detailed for the lower object same does the contrast thing. It's very nice indeed.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime photo! The drama & action in the shot! Excellent reflexes, Martin, to get that shot from just seeing the 2nd A/C come into the viewfinder! The 2 A/C are framed perfectly, and the action is frozen. The smoke & flames & debris. Thank God both pilots got out. As a service to other viewers, check out the video of this crash at www.flightlevel350.com, ID# 1092013630-7
Anonymous
11 years ago
Superb shot. I can't believe you actually got something like that.. I'll be sure to include the poor people in the aircrafts in my prayers.
Anonymous
11 years ago
One in a million shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a shot! You couldn't ask for a more exhilarating picture. *****
Anonymous
11 years ago
Unbelievable action shot, this picture takes your breath away!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing
Anonymous
11 years ago
This photographer has lightning-fast reflexes. Well done, Martin!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I hope the pilots are safe, they surely ejected themselves. Anyway, Russian pilots are the best or the craziest pilots, you choose.
Anonymous
11 years ago
For the record, both pilots ejected safely and without injury to themselves or anyone on the ground.

It's great to see a shot like this on a forum where people actually ask if the guys were OK. 10/10 to all of you :)

PS I was there but a little closer (and more involved) than the photographer...
Anonymous
11 years ago
National geographic tv actually did a episode on this incident in its "seconds from disaster" series.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's unique. I've never seen such a think before!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The detail of the splintering planes is unreal! right place at the right time (you not the pilots)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Im now 25, but remember this day so very clearly. I was stood talking the cornish coast guard, when I turned to see this collision. I remember them both being OK, but only see one eject. Very mad moment in my life never to forget!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is an unbelievable shot. Well done.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Those guys were unbelievably lucky it was the port wing and behind the canopy. A difference of a few hundredths of a second and/or a few feet the other way could have turned into a much much worse day for the demo team. Great reflexes Martin!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Man if you're gonna photograph something disasterous like this, that's the way to do it. Glad that nobody was hurt when they clipped. Nice catch, even if it is an unfortunate event.
Jaysen - Shawnee, KS
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's as if somebody captured a decisive moment.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I wonder how you felt when you received the prints and saw this :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Scary//but impressive
Anonymous
11 years ago
Moment in Time
Anonymous
11 years ago
Who could forget the day that happened!!
I know I never will...
Anonymous
11 years ago
My god i hope they all survived. it takes such discipline to fly such a craft
Anonymous
11 years ago
All the details of the parts flying around
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool, but terrrible.
Anonymous
11 years ago
ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE BETTER IF IT DIDN'T HAPPEN ITS A COOL PICTURE, GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER YOU WERE REALLY FAST TO CATCH THAT SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH IM LEARNING
Anonymous
11 years ago
Is good pinture
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hello
Anonymous
11 years ago
A real split second timing shot. I was there and witnessed the whole thing. There was one minor injury to one of the pilots when his display colleague apparently apportioned blame for the incident by punching him right on the nose, after which both stood and had a cigarette together.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Absolute once in a lifetime milisecond occasion and he got it just right.
Anonymous
11 years ago
FANTASTIC! Way to stay on target with that one!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The overall impact of seeing an incident such as this with debris still flying from the lower aircraft- superb timing by the photographer who had his camera set for snap photos.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
Brilliant, and well done for having an itchy shutter finger ;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
They're the most advanced aircraft in russia.one of the fighter jets wings clipping the front of another one.this has been shown on .t.v. many times and is impossible that it can happen.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's not to often that someone catches an occurance like this with such extreme clarity and up detail.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Scary and sad at the same time.

Congratulations on getting such an amazing shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
One in a billion shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
You are extremely lucky and you are great photographer, its a 1 in 10000000 time chance to capture such a moment. nice work.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome timing excelent quality this is a once in a lifetime shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
That must have been a scary moment for both the pilots and the onlookers. Great shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I remember seeing one of the pilots get up off the ground after he landed, take off his helmet, pull out a packet of cigarettes, light up, offer one to the other pilot and they walked back to the crew room chatting and smoking. The very definition of cool!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I like this photo because im a guy and all guys like seeing things get blown up (unless you are a weirdo
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's gonna leave a mark. Did he eject and survive?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dreadly accident...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic capture that shows a combination of skill and luck. A moment captured in time, albeit a tradgedy for everyone to view and to understand the dangers we face on Earth defying nature with our machines.
Anonymous
11 years ago
A nice shot. But what a disaster
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very lucky shot. Luckly the pilots escaped. I've seen this on video. It happened so fast.
Anonymous
11 years ago
A once-in-a-lifetime photograph to be sure!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Completely incredible ! i do hope both pilots manage to escape ! and mr martin, what a shot !! impressive !
Anonymous
10 years ago
It portays a tragic story in pictorial display
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing picture!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amizing photograph, just amaizing. I can imagin the combination of skill and luck needed to attain one. Truely one of a kind
Anonymous
10 years ago
It is and excellent photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
Lovely picture.
I like jets and i like explosions, and if nobody is harmed: it's fantastic.
I remember a video of one of the pilots (who broke his jaw ejecting) coming down with his chute, he lands, disconnects the chute, lights a cigarette, and walks past a stunned cameraman without twitching... coolest ever
Anonymous
10 years ago
I like this image because I was there to see this actually happen before my very eyes! You kow it could happen but do not actually expect it to, although the Russians always tend to push hings abit.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Well there goes one very expensive piece of equipment
Anonymous
9 years ago
It's impossible to watch this photo indifferently. Thanks, Martin, you're lucky. And both pilots very lucky of course, for being surevived and not even injured.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Awesome timing and the clarity is unreal. looks like what one of the spectators would have seen. I bet their stomachs hit their throat with this one.
A+
Anonymous
9 years ago
Now thats what you call capturing the moment!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Aside from the aerial decapitation, the fire/smoke resulting from the double flameout is impressive. I think this is the pilot who calmly lights a cigarette after his ejection. Bravo!
Anonymous
9 years ago
This shot has perfect timing for superfast action.
Anonymous
9 years ago
That is so sad that they hit each other, though i am glad that both of th pilots survived. great pic
Anonymous
9 years ago
Man, the pilot of the decapitated MiG got soo lucky. A little less timing and he coulda had a premature prostate exam - by an aircraft wing no less. And thank God these were single seaters, cause where it hit is where the guy in back sits.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I cant believe you got a picture of that! I hope nobody was hurt!
Anonymous
8 years ago
That's awesome timing. And this pic looks us the dangers of the top class aviation in incredible details. You can see how the plane becomes a cloud of shambles.
I'm glad to the pilots managed to escape.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Because I was a witness of this accident
Anonymous
8 years ago
OMG what a picture!
Anonymous
8 years ago
I seen videos of this collision, but this picture is more detailed and impressive!!! Martin my friend, you've got gold fingers to capture this "magic" moment!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Right place, right time, right F stops, and the presents of mind to pull the trigger. Pretty spactacular in my point of view
Anonymous
7 years ago
Hope the pilot was ok!
Great photo. sad to see Birds that expensive go in a split second
Anonymous
6 years ago
Excellent timing for an unexpected accident
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great timing!!!!!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Now this is the meaning of perfect timing, a shot in a lifetime!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Dramatic pic!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Nice

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