Ukrainian stunner on debut in Malta
03 September 2016
For the first time ever in the history of the Malta International Airshow the Ukrainian Air Force confirms its participation with a flying display of one of its frontline jets, the Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker’.
An Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft that will also be part of the static display making the aircraft the first ever Il-76 to participate and also the largest transport aircraft to ever participate in the static display will support the flanker’s display in Malta.
The Su-27 is a world known fighter plane famous for its maneuverability, especially for two unusual maneuvers – Cobra and Bell. The Sukhoi-27, named Flanker in NATO code, is the Soviet production, single seat, two-engine fighter plane of the fourth generation. It was developed as an answer to USAF F-15 Eagle.
Ilyushin Il-76, named Candid in NATO code, is the Soviet multi-purpose four-engine turbofan strategic airlifter designed by the Ilyushin design bureau. It was designed to deliver heavy machinery to remote, poorly served areas of the USSR. Military versions of the Il-76 have been widely used in Europe, Asia and Africa, including use as an aerial refueling tanker or command center.
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