Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E Russian Air Force, Black 21 Air Force 1 1/72 AF1-0116A
Air Force 1 1/72 AF1-0116A
Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E
Russian Air Force, Black 21
Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E Designed by the Soviet Union to challenge the superiority of fourth-generation American fighters such as the F-15 Eagle, the Su-27 was first flown on 20 May 1977. This single-seat Mach-2 fighter had the Soviet Union's first operational electric flight system. The aircraft is very large compared to the MiG-29, its closest Soviet counterpart, but it is built with a high percentage of titanium, which minimizes its weight. It is exceptionally agile and is perhaps most famous for its "Cobra" maneuver, which consists of a short, sustained level flight at a 120-degree angle of attack, often performed at air shows.
Sukhoi's Su-35 Super Flanker (NATO designation "Flanker E") took the world market by storm when it proved capable of challenging and defeating any aircraft in the East (and West), with the exception of absolute high-end fighters such as the EF2000 and the F-22. The direct derivative of the Super Flanker, aptly named the Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator, was only intended to be a technology demonstrator but is one of the most maneuverable aircraft ever built.