Su-29 is a two seat aircraft, which, when flown solo, has the capability of winning a
World Championship, yet also being suitable for aerobatic training, and even touring,
having a range of up to 1,400kms!
By virtue of having a composite fuselage, the Su-29 only weighs some 40kg more than the Su-26, and when flown solo, the performance is virtually identical, although it is somewhat heavier on the controls.
The aim in the design of the Su-29 was to have an aircraft that had the aerobatic capability when flown solo of the SU-26/SU-31 while having a second seat thus dramatically increasing the usefulness of the aircraft.
the greater weight and size of the aircraft makes it a little less agile than
the single seaters, but two-seat Su-29 have been competing with great success at
a huge variety of aerobatic competitions – even up to World Championship
Mechanically, the Su-29 is similar to all the other Sukhois, with a high tensile stainless-steel forward fuselage, while the rear fuselage, tail and the entire wing structure is composite. Again, it shares the single seaters extraordinary strength – the aircraft is cleared for +12/-10G at maximum aerobatic weight and with five wings having been deliberately broken in tests, the minimum that one has failed at has been at 23.5G!
Su-29 is in full production and approximately 64 aircraft have been made to
date. Sales have been made to most
countries in the West, but also
to South Africa, Australia; Brazil; Indonesia; the Middle East; Mexico and as
well as eight aircraft for the Argentine Airforce.
360 or 400 hp
cruise speed 183
Takeoff run @ 165 yards
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