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  1. Bruce, on the earlier video flying with with the Su-30, the wheels are down, but the last video with the Su-57 shows the gear retracting and a while later lowering again. I remember early video of the Su-57 prototype test flights flying with gear down. Maybe it's a common thing with test flights. If something goes wrong, the gear is already down - one less thing to worry about in a forced landing. Could be procedure for low altitude test flights.
  2. Technically it's a UAV, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
  3. Latest M.o.D. video of the Okhotnik with a Su-57.
  4. Latest video of the Okhotnik doing a test flight in tandem with a Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter.
  5. I guess this must be the one. An illegal dump 1.5 klm from the airport, full of birds. https://twitter.com/bazabazon/status/1162335518056767488
  6. I must have missed the black-operated landfill while on Google Earth. Do you have the co-ordinates for it?
  7. The two pilots have been awarded Russia's top gong, the title of Hero of Russia, and the other crew awarded the Order of Courage. They haven't landed on a direct straight line from the airfield; that would have landed them four paddocks closer to the white building in the middle of the cornfields. Possibly they might have veered left to make sure they stayed in the corn and not hit the two lane road in front of them.
  8. The airport is Zhukovsky International, on the south east side of Moscow where they have the MAKS airshow every two years.
  9. Marty, I'd say no time. I've found the spot it landed on Google Earth and it's not much more than 3klm from the end of the runway. On the Baza site, there's two lots of in-cabin footage, one of the lift off and birdstrike, the other of the landing in the cornfield. I'd say there's very little missing footage between those clips. A lot of luck with timing and terrain. If they were in the air another ten seconds it could have got a bit messy. I put a red dot on the satellite screen grab where it landed. That line with some trees that the plane crossed is actually quite a substantial irrigation channel full of water.
  10. The corn must have had quite a cushioning effect; lucky it was green and not ripe. There's some video and photos on Baza News Twitter site, including an aerial view from a chopper. https://twitter.com/bazabazon
  11. A Russian Ural Airlines A321 has made a successful wheels up landing in a corn paddock just outside Moscow after a birdstrike. https://www.rt.com/russia/466524-plane-emergency-landing-moscow/ https://sputniknews.com/russia/201908151076554599-simferopol-bound-jet-makes-hard-landing-at-mosow-region-airpot-passengers-evacuated/
  12. Always interesting comparing time zones on this site: http://www.timeticker.com/ Same zone as Perth spreads quite wide in China.
  13. Sukhoi has started on the contract to supply production Su-57 aircraft to the Russian Air Force. The first aircraft will be handed over before the end of 2019. The contract is for 76 aircraft with the aim to rearm three air regiments.
  14. The Varyag is a story all on it's own. The Russians didn't sell it because it was in the too hard basket. They couldn't sell it because it didn't belong to them. The Admiral Kuznetsov (the current oil burning Russian rust bucket) was commissioned before the Soviet Union broke up, but the Varyag was still under construction in Ukraine when the Union went belly up and they ran out of money to complete it. It became the property of Ukraine after the dissolution and they didn't have the money to even maintain the part built ship so after about ten years they sold it. I think it was a Dutch tug with a Philippine crew that had the contract to tow it to China. Turkey wouldn't allow it through the Bosphoros for safety reasons, it couldn't go back up the river in Ukraine, and there was nowhere to moor it in Sevastopol. So the tug towed it around and around the Black Sea for six months until the Turks finally let them through. The tow line broke off Greece and it nearly ran aground on an island before they got hold of it again. Then when they got to the Suez Canal, the authorities wouldn't let them through because it was not under it's own power. It had to be towed via Gibraltar and around the Atlantic to China in the end. The Chinese didn't do their homework very well.
  15. The first shipment of S-400 equipment arrived in Turkey today.
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