Su-27 Flanker, Soviet Union - 1977
      The Su-27 is the first aircraft to carry Su-17 designation. Designed in the late 1960s as a high performance fighter with a fly-by-wire control system, and with the ability to carry up to 10 AAMs, the highly maneuverable Su-27 was one of the most opposing fighters ever built at the time.  The combination of the advanced radar, formidable armament, fast speed, high rate of climb, outstanding operating range and sophisticated on-board equipment makes the Su-27 a highly-effective means of the air defence, able to bring down virtually everything that flies, from supersonic high-altitude spy planes to small-sized cruise missiles flying close to the ground surface.
     The first 'Flanker-A' prototypes flew on May 20, 1977 and entered service as the 'Flanker-B' in 1984.  It has since seen a number of aerodynamic changes and today exists in a variety of forms.  The Su-27IB, or Su-34 designation, is a long range attack variant with side-by-side seating for two. The Su-27UB 'Flanker-C', or Su-30 designation, is a tandem two-seat long range interceptor and trainer. A navy version called the Su-27K 'Flanker-D', designated Su-33, was designed in 1992 for deployment on Russian aircraft carriers. It has folded wings, retractable flight refueling probe, arrester hook, strengthened landing gear, and moving canard foreplanes.
       Next generation 'Flanker' derivatives include the Su-35 and the thrust-vector controlled Su-37, both vastly more enhanced then the Su-27, with canard foreplanes and the ability to carry up to 11 and 14 external stores, respectively.
Su-27 Flanker
Standard Series.  1/48th scale.  12" wingspan x 11.75" long.
  No. AGW1D-ST.  Only $129.95
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