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Sukhoi Su-29


Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Aerobatic Aircraft (1991)


Aviation / Aerospace

The Sukhoi Su-29 is a two-seat, single-engine aircraft developed exclusively for the high-stress aerobatic role.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 01/05/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
1991

Origin
Russia national flag graphic
Russia

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
2

Production
50
UNITS


Sukhoi - Russia
National flag of Argentina National flag of Austria National flag of Russia Argentina (ordered); Austria; Russia
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)


Length
24.0 ft
(7.32 m)
Width/Span
26.9 ft
(8.20 m)
Height
9.4 ft
(2.87 m)
Empty Wgt
1,676 lb
(760 kg)
MTOW
2,425 lb
(1,100 kg)
Wgt Diff
+750 lb
(+340 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Sukhoi Su-29 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine developing 360 horsepower driving a three-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
280 mph
(450 kph | 243 kts)
Ceiling
43,061 ft
(13,125 m | 8 mi)
Range
600 mi
(965 km | 1,787 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
3,545 ft/min
(1,081 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Sukhoi Su-29 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


Su-29 - Base Series Designation.


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