The Russian-born Sukhoi Su-29 serves as a twin-seat, single-engine aerobatic performer. The type first took to the air in 1991 and was a further development of the earlier 1980s-era Su-26 of similar form and function. The Su-29 currently (2021) serves with display groups of Argentina (Southern Cross), Austria (Flying Bulls), Czechia (Czech Aerobatic Team), and Russia (DOSAAF). The Su-31 is a further evolution of the Su-26/Su-29 lines.
The Su-29 features sleek aerodynamic design lines exuding elegance as well as speed and performance. The air-cooled radial engine is housed in the nose in the usual way with the twin-seat (tandem) cockpit aft and over midships. The tail section tapers to form the sole vertical fin which mounts individual horizontal planes to either side. The mainplanes are low-mounted along the sides of the fuselage and sport relatively straight leading edges and swept-forward trailing edges. The undercarriage, of the tail-dragger type, are fixed in flight but of a very slim and lightweight design.
All told, the Su-29 sports a running length of 23.10 feet, a wingspan of 26.10 feet, and a height of 9.4 feet. Empty weight is 1,675lb against an MTOW of 2,425lb. Power is from a single Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder radial unit outputting 355 horsepower driving a high-performance three-bladed propeller unit (7.9 foot diameter).
Performance-wise, this nimble little performer can reach a maximum speed of 210 miles-per-hour, cruise at 185mph, and reach out to 600 miles. Service ceiling is limited to 13,000 feet and rate-of-climb reaches 3,500 feet-per-minute.
Status Active, In-Service
Production 50 Units
Sukhoi - Russia
Argentina (ordered); Austria; Russia
24.02 ft (7.32 m)
26.90 ft (8.2 m)
9.42 ft (2.87 m)
1,676 lb (760 kg)
2,425 lb (1,100 kg)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Sukhoi Su-29 production model)
1 x Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine developing 360 horsepower driving a three-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
280 mph (450 kph; 243 kts)
43,061 feet (13,125 m; 8.16 miles)
600 miles (965 km; 521 nm)
3,545 ft/min (1,081 m/min)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Sukhoi Su-29 production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Sukhoi Su-29 production model)
Su-29 - Base Series Designation.
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