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The Royal International Air Tattoo Departures Day - Monday 22nd July 1996

Sukhoi Su-27A "Flanker" of 62/83 IAP, Ukrainian Air Force

[Ukrainian AF Su-27]

I think this was the first visit of Ukrainian Su-27s to the UK. As with all Su-27 displays I've seen the Ukrainian one was excellent. The aircraft carries a code of 48 and is c/n 36911014411. Lots of stickers have been applied to the nose. Note the deflector behind the nosewheel which helps protect against foreign object ingestion by the engines; the intakes of which are above and behind the nosewheel. As with many former Soviet Union fighters these aircraft are designed to operate from rough airstrips in time of war.

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