The Su-26 is still
considered by many to be the world’s best aerobatic aeroplane, despite
being officially superseded by the new Su-31.
The reasons for this are:
standard Su-26 only has 65-litre fuselage tank and no wing tanks.
This is a disadvantage given the short range without the
detachable belly-tank, bit since almost all Su-31s are built with
quite heavy wing tanks; an Su-26 without wing tanks is somewhat
lighter than an Su-31 with wing tanks.
Su-31 is somewhat more unstable and therefore more suitable for
‘freestyle’ flying. Conversely,
is slightly more stable and therefore more suitable for precision
‘Aresti’ type flying.
is worth noting that the Russian Aerobatic Team have obtained three
modified Su-26s (called Su-26M3), which have dominated all recent World
and European Championships. These are effectively Su-26 aircraft, but with the new M9F
430-hp engine; slightly longer Su-29 wings, and the Zvesda pilot
We continue to
sell more Su-26 aircraft than any other and these are, of course today,
all used aircraft, but increasingly we are totally updating them with a
variety of modifications, which include:
the aircraft, particularly with lightweight electrical systems.
powerful engine - the 400-hp M14PF, or the 430-hp M9F/450-hp M14R
propeller – we have organised the production of a new wide-chord
260cm propeller, working with MT Propeller in Germany.
range wing tanks.
of trimmer and controllable oil cooler.
wide range of other ‘tailored’ modifications.
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