YouTube - Su-27

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air superiority
2 - 27,600 lbs ea.
72 ft.
48 ft. 3 in.
36,104 lbs.
62,398 lbs.
1- 30 mm
10 air-to-air
538 mph
1,553 mph
61,198 fpm
62,712 feet
2,200 miles



The Su-27 by Sukhoi, known as the Flanker, development came about in 1969. It was in response to the need for the Soviet Union to meet the advances in technology of U.S. aircraft.

The prototype Su-27 first flew in 1977. Production Su-27 aircraft were deployed with the Russian Air Force in the mid 1980's.

The Su-27 is larger than any U.S. fighter aircraft and has the ability to carry up to ten air-to-air missiles. Large capacity internal fuel tanks give the Su-27 a long range without the need for frequent mid air refueling.

The radar of the Su-27 is capable of actively scanning for threats while zeroing in on targets both on the ground and in the air. It can track and guide missiles to destroy targets at tree top levels while the aircraft remains at cruising altitudes.

Su-27 fighters are definitely a pilot's favorite, with an abundance of power and relatively light wing loading. These qualities make for a fast accelerating, easy to fly, highly maneuverable aircraft. It was the first aircraft to perform the cobra maneuver.

The newest Su-27 variants incorporate thrust vectoring engines and canards which further enhance their maneuverability. These aircraft, equipped with the latest radars and weapons systems, are among the most capable aircraft in the world.

Russian Air Force Su-27 aircraft saw action in the 1992 - 1993 Abkhazian conflict. They were again employed as air superiority fighters in 2008 against South Ossetia.

Ethiopian Su-27 aircraft downed four Eritrean fighter aircraft and were also employed against Islamist ground forces.

In addition to Russia, Su-27 aircraft are used in the Angolan, Belarusian, Chinese, Ethiopian, Indian, Indonesian, Kazakhstani, Syrian, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, and Uzbekistani air forces.

Over 800 Su-27 aircraft have been produced to date.

Su-27 Aviation-Design


Pictured is Gustavo Campana with his Su-27 from an Aviation Design kit.  It has a wingspan of 72 in. with a length of 108 in. and weight of 43 lbs.  Construction is with molded composites.  Power can come from a pair of Jet Cat P100 or P140 jet turbine engines.

The Su-27 from CARF features leading edge slats, flaps, a speed brake, and retracts.  Its wingspan is 86 1/2 in. and length is 126 in.  You will need two 22 to 32 lbf. thrust turbines to power the approximate 53 lb. airplane.

FB Jets has a Su-27 ARF with a 65 in. wingspan that is 97 in. long  You will need two 13 to 21 lbf. thrust jet turbine engines for power.