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MiG 29 Fulcrum in Oregon

15 February 2021

MiG 29 (NATO Fulcrum) in front at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville OR—©2009 Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Mikoyan MiG 29 is a 1970s multirole design similar, though smaller than, to the Sukhoi SU 27 (NATO Flanker), and it counters the F-15 Eagle as well a F-16 Fighting Falcon. Twin turbofan engines (Klimov RD-33 rated at 18,340 pound thrust in afterburner) can take the pilot to speeds of 1500 mph (Mach 2.25) and 59,000 feet. It has an impressive thrust-to-weight ration of 1.09:1 and can be armed with the expected bombs, rockets and missiles including an internal 30mm autocannon (Gryazev-Shipunov GSH-30-1) with 150 rounds. Interestingly the MiG 29 is also equipped with an Infra Red Search and Track (IRST) device (the OEPS-29), the sensor of which lies within the glass orb located in front of and to the right of the cockpit canopy. This allows passive detection and tracking—compared to radar the range is more limited but it does not give notice of the fighter’s presence as radar can and angular resolution increases due to the use of shorter wavelengths than the microwave frequencies of radar.

MiG 29 (NATO Fulcrum) in front at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville OR—©2009 Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

MiG 29 (NATO Fulcrum) in front at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville OR—©2009 Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

MiG 29 (NATO Fulcrum) in front at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville OR—©2009 Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

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