Aviation Photo #1027487 Sukhoi Su-30LL - Russia - Air Force

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She is flown by Russian Gromov Flight Research Institute`s senior test pilot, Kvochur, only 2 meters above ground,without extending landing gears! And notice that her refuelling probe is not retracted.Photo taken at oppisite side of the runway where my friend Xu Zheng took his shot.
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Photo Added: April 04, 2006

Comments (123)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, what a spectacular picture! Why don't the Russians come more to western Europe...
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is the correct spot to show the low height of the a/c, as compared to Xu Zheng's picture. Superb.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot! There was some talk about the validity of the other photo, but I'd say this proves them both to be real. :) Nice work!
Anonymous
10 years ago
It so wonderful to see such a scene, i had thought it's an airplane with invisible gears! :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wooooosh! Agree with visitor 1, like to see them more in Western Europe - ILA Berlin?!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Clear!!!5 stars!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing! What a fearless pilot. YOu captured the im age very well.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb, excellent. Pozdrawiam Mati
Anonymous
10 years ago
Vivid detail. Pilots relative size gives you a sense of how large this combat aircraft really is!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Great shot. Outstanding Work!
Anonymous
10 years ago
A new definition to "Straight and Level" flying!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wooosh! Really a spectacular perfomance! T.B.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Well, the Russians are hot. I think this is one of the most beautiful fighters there is. Look at the smooth and curved design, it looks like a hawk. /Joz
Anonymous
10 years ago
Detail of aircraft and positioning of the shot.Great timing by photographer to get this angle.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Another prove, that even the CCCP is gone, Russian pilots are stil the best.
Anonymous
10 years ago
That´s my favourite aircraft and the best fighter ever designed.To see this a/c in that extreme attitude is really amazing.Five stars. I hope to see Anatoly in the skies of Spain.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Cool!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic shot with good timing and the crowd in the background. Well done!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Simply amazing!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great capture of a unique moment!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Well done!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice !!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Goooood low flyin folks!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Crazy Russian fighter pilots! This must beone of those Soviet stategic tactics they used to fly under American radar.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Exellent piloting by Russian aces end exellent moment for fotografer!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome shot, beautyful bird, crazy(?) jockeys :D
Anonymous
10 years ago
Absolutely amazing skills shown here, both from the pilot and from the photographer!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I always knew that russian pilots have to save money, but reducing costs by demontating the gear is dangerous ;)
It's really amazing what the pilots perform there.
Surely, a great shot!!!!!! Everything below 5 stars is offending...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Keep watching this greatest photo for an hour. wow!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The greatest display of pilot skills I have ever seen
Anonymous
10 years ago
I've to look this pics every time i start a mew day, IMPRESSIVE ! is just beautiful
Anonymous
10 years ago
And after that you may ask why russians have crashed so many fighters during airshows :-) ! But I must admit they re the greatests, thanks for the performance, and for the shot too !

I would add : they do not need to do such crazy things to get their 5 stars, lol. =)

"Furaxounet"
Anonymous
10 years ago
Whoa, sublime piloting skills in one of the world's most Beautiful & deadly fighter plane.

Personally, I think Israeli Air Force combat pilots are the Best in the world. Past results in air combat in the MidEast speaks for itself.

Thanks, Weimeng, for sharing a Beautiful photo of this Magnificent machine.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Mr Kvorchur, we're impressed. Outstanding!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wonderful
Anonymous
10 years ago
Although the shot, naturally, doesn't demostate the speed factor, we allknow what the reality is...
Speed... Height... control...
Can you image being sat in seat 2???
Anonymous
10 years ago
The russians are second to none in technology and skills...probably their products are a little crude and not as cozy as their western counterparts....but the russians' daredevilry and hardwork are unparallelled.....gbala
Anonymous
10 years ago
Bravo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Really good
Anonymous
10 years ago
Really great!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Its just awesome
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing, absolutely wonderful.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice design with technology
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great pilot + great photographer is = amazing view!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a lifetimes photographers dream to take a great action photo like this. Any lower and they would be able to scoop up a coffee from the bistro!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This only happen when pilot and airplane are one. Hard training becomes poetry
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is why i think russian pilots are the best!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very elegent and beautifull
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great details... and environment!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Unbelievable.
Anonymous
10 years ago
5 stars for this, deffenetly.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow.

Look mum, no wheels.

Great pic
Anonymous
10 years ago
Russian pilots are No1 in the world!
Braca Rusi su zakon!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Any experienced US Pilot can do that. Great photo though.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This guy knows what he's doing. Seems crazy, but I bet he's in full control of this bird.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Certainly ANY fighter pilot is able to do this, not only Russian or American. This is an act of daring irresposibility rather than piloting skills.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great fighter!
Successful angle!
Perfect dynamic!
BTW, It's not a trick, but a normal mode of flight for such type a/c
Anonymous
10 years ago
Woo-oow! This is N-I-C-E! Amazing shot! Really wish I could've been there to see this ...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just great! Besides, Anatoly Kvotchur has just finished 14-hours flight on Su-30 from Moscow to Vladivostok and back to Moscow then without landing
Anonymous
10 years ago
Stunning ! 5 stars no doubt.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
An excellent example of how to pan on a fast moving subject, and keeping the subject centred in the frame, providing the blurred background which amplifies the movement of the aircraft
Anonymous
10 years ago
Breathtaking stunts....only russian pilots can do! they're crazy enough to fly this piece metal as low as 2 meters at the speed of 300 knots! the engine could have suct something and blows them apart! great skill though!......viva ala russia!
Anonymous
10 years ago
A superb photo, combining excellent pilot's skills with excellent photographer's panning skills! Great!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Inspiring
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very impressive !
Anonymous
9 years ago
Awesome picture, awesome
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot, awesome detail
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow!!!!

Pat
Anonymous
9 years ago
Good old Anatoly Kvotchur, you remember Paris '89 in his MIG 29?
Anonymous
9 years ago
Pin sharp and yet a dynamic shot of a great aircraft - 5 stars!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I think its good beacuse its my favorite aircraft and it gives the feeling that its going to strike you down!!!!.......
Anonymous
9 years ago
Super Photo, but the height is an illusion. The aircraft is much closer to the lense than the tarmac and thus higher than it appears, note the lack of shadow which would be more obvious on a sunny day. Forget the height issue this is a great photo for so many other reasons.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Excelent, superb
Anonymous
8 years ago
Extreme clarity! What huge guts the pilots have!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Yee haw....(in Russian).
Anonymous
8 years ago
It is very spectacular from the pilot and the spotter that took it.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Man, this looks stunning!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Holy smokes!!! :o how`d he do that, i can`t even drive a car that close to the highway divider!!! neat pic & flying.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I'd like to see the rouletts try that on a windy day
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow ... i love this A/C
Anonymous
8 years ago
Pssshh... it could be lower... ;)

Great shot, though.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Not only is an incredible picture: More importantly, it is amazing and impressive maneuver that Russian pilots carried out these.
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's perfect photo. Photographer's position and lens (he used long telephoto) give sense of very low level flight. When you look at picture more carefully, you will see plane was not over the runway, it's over the grass and much closer to the camera than you think. It makes illusion on height perceive. So reality was, plane is not lover than 50 feet from the ground. It's only photographic illusion. For last word, very nice picture, but not low as you think.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Incredible and I like the aircraft
Anonymous
7 years ago
Gutsy performance
Anonymous
7 years ago
A 6 m a/c 2 m away from the runway....Gutsy
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is a great panning photo. If this is not cropped, the shooter had a great sense of timing and coordination.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I believe it is the great demonstration of perfection & professionalism by both the cameraman and the pilot.
Anonymous
7 years ago
The Su-30 is nearly 22 m long, not 6 m. Fantastic flying! And an excellent photo!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Excellent picture! This really shows the control that pilots have over small, manuverable aircraft like this one.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Love it, look at the guy in the back, not even looking straight ahead!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Bobi Boba...
Anonymous
6 years ago
Am... Boss!.. We have lost the chassis!..
Anonymous
6 years ago
Pilot to copilot: " Boris, I'll bet one bottle of vodka that I fly under 2 meter !"
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow that is very cool
Anonymous
6 years ago
If you watch this marvellous shot even more carfully, you will find the aircraft's shadow on the runway! Just the way it can be seen on Mr. Xu Zheng's shot, giving evidence for a height of less than two meters above the concrete! There is absolutely no reason for downgrading neither the photographer's nor the pilot's skills!
Anonymous
6 years ago
So beautifull
Anonymous
6 years ago
WHISKEY OSCAR WHISKEY !
Anonymous
6 years ago
WOW! No words to describe it.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Top pilot skills combined with top photographer skills! 5 stars! Ilias
Anonymous
6 years ago
Best photo ive ever seen
Anonymous
6 years ago
The fuel probe is extended, so i guess the pilot drives into the gas station ? :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
COOL!
Anonymous
5 years ago
"Let's see... clearance, check. Flaps, check. Landing lights, check. Speed, check. Hmmmm. I can't shake the feeling like I'm forgetting something.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Too low to extand the gear :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
Flying NOE should be piece of cake for these guys. Gives a new perspective to what the Bird is capable of in the right/deft hands. This one will definitley be Pugachev's best at marketing the Sukhoi. American SOP rarely allows such 'liberties', though a F-111 did take a Mig to the Ground in OGS'91.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Superb.....the next Airpower
Anonymous
5 years ago
This is Anatoly Kvochur. No comments.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Check out the youtube video called "Kvochur Low Pass"
Anonymous
4 years ago
Ladies and gentlemen, the fastest lawnmower in the world!! And I want one. Karaya
Anonymous
4 years ago
Kvochur is awesome! Great shot.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Nice pic, great pilots, good plane!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great ....
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great shot of Anatoly in action. btw, the fuel probe is extended because that switches the flight control law from "load factor demand law" to "delta altitude command law" which is very useful for in-flight refuelling to precisely maintain altitude, well, and for low passes as well :)
Anonymous
3 years ago
Amazing shot feet off the ground
Anonymous
3 years ago
Wonderful

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