Aviation enthusiasts probably know that the MiG-29 Fulcrum can achieve Mach 2.25, but now this clip, filmed at the recent RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, UK, shows the jet beginning its display with an incredible vertical take-off. We used the term ‘going ballistic’ for the Mig-29’s vertical climb in full afterburner even though the term refers to the ballistic path (similar to the trajectory of a thrown or launched projectile) a jet put into a nearly-vertical climb would follow under the action of gravity, without propulsion,” says The Aviationist. Continue reading for another video of the MiG-29 reaching the edge of space and more information.
The MiG-29 has been manufactured in several major variants, including the multirole Mikoyan MiG-29M and the navalised Mikoyan MiG-29K; the most advanced member of the family to date is the Mikoyan MiG-35. Later models frequently feature improved engines, glass cockpits with HOTAS-compatible flight controls, modern radar and IRST sensors, considerably increased fuel capacity; some aircraft have also been equipped for aerial refueling.