The Sukhoi Su-29 is a Russian two-seat aerobatic aircraft with a 268 kW (360 hp) radial engine
Sukhoi Su-29 Aerobatic
The Su-29 was built as a training aircraft for the Russian military by Sukhoi, an aircraft manufacturer established in 1939. Consequently, neither costs nor efforts were spared during its development and construction. Although the pilot is supported by automatic air-fuel mixture adjustment, the aerobatics aircraft is tricky to handle. For instance, starting the engines of the Su-29 is a complex procedure. At first the starter, which is powered by air pressure, introduces compressed air into the synchronized cylinders.
The Su-29’s airframe consists of two milled and welded titanium profiles. The surfaces as well as horizontal and vertical tails and rear fuselage are made from carbon fiber. The two-seater’s cabin area is a trellis construction. Taking a closer look at the huge ailerons, it’s not surprising that they each require the support of two spades to reduce aileron forces. It is also not much of a surprise that the aircraft has an extremely big and solid control stick. After all, during aerobatic maneuvers the Su-29 can only be flown with both hands on the control stick. High rudder forces are reduced by a continuous control cable and remarkably long pedal travel. With its many components and extremely complex handling, the Russian buffalo is somewhat “over-engineered” and not at all easy to fly.
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The Sukhoi is a unique aerobatic aircraft. Difficult to fly and critical at operating limits, it has unique aerobatic talents that require a highly skilled pilot. What’s more, the aircraft is known for its über perfect technology and the unique sound of the radial engine. Compared to other aerobatic aircraft like the Edge or Extra, the huge bulk of the latest Austrian bull looks like a flying dinosaur among eagles.
Aerobatic Su-29 Buffaloo
The Su-29’s airframe consists of two milled and welded titanium profiles. The surfaces as well as horizontal and vertical tails and rear fuselage are made from carbon fiber. The two-seater’s cabin area is a trellis construction.
Length: 7.32 m (24 ft)
Wingspan: 8.2 m (26 ft 11 in)
Height: 2.87 m (9 ft 5 in)
Max. takeoff weight: 1,100 kg (2,425 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder radial engine, 265 kW (360 hp)
Never exceed speed: 450 km/h (280 mph; 243 kn)
Maximum speed: 340 km/h (211 mph; 183 kn)
Cruise speed: 295 km/h (183 mph; 159 kn)
Stall speed: 110 km/h (68 mph; 59 kn)
Ferry range: 965 km (600 mi; 520 nmi)
Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,125 ft)
Maximum g-load: 12 g
Sukhoi SU-29 Buffalo
The Flying Bulls’ Sukhoi Su-29 was built in 2002. As this particular model was built for the American market, it comes with high-quality default components such as Cleveland brakes, western aviation electronics and a special fuel computer.