Gaincorp GC8019 PLAAF Sukhoi Su-27UBK "Flanker" Air Superiority Fighter - "Black 28", 2nd Division, 6th Regiment, Suixi AB, Guangzhou Region, China (1:72 Scale)
"Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed."
- Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
The Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name 'Flanker') is originally a Soviet fighter aircraft designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau (SDB). It was intended as a direct competitor for the new generation of American fighters (which emerged as the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and F/A-18 Hornet), with exceptional range, heavy armament, and very high agility. The Su-27 most often flies air superiority missions, but is able to perform almost all combat operations. Some believe the Su-27 to have been born from a competition between Sukhoi and Mikoyan-Gurevich, given the Su-27's and Mikoyan MiG-29's similar shape. This is not so. The Su-27 was designed as long-range air superiority fighter and interceptor, whereas the MiG-29 was designed to fill the role of short-range tactical support fighter.
The Su-27UBK ("K" for "Kommercial"), the Su-27UB export version with modified on-board equipment, is in service with the Air Forces in China, Vietnam, Ethiopia. The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has acquired three batches, totalling 76, of Su-27 fighters from Russia since 1992. Two variants are currently serving with the PLAAF: the single-seat Su-27SK fighter manufactured by KnAAPO at Komsomolsk-na-Amur and the two-seat Su-27UBK fighter-trainer manufactured by IAPO at Irkusk.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a PLAAF Sukhoi Su-27UBK "Flanker" air superiority fighter dubbed "Black 28", which was attached to the 2nd Division, 6th Regiment, then deployed to Suixi Air Base, Guangzhou Region, China. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9 inches
Length: 12 inches
Release Date: May 2008
Historical Account: "For the People" - The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is the aviation branch of the People's Liberation Army, the military of the People's Republic of China. According to the IISS Military Balance, the PLAAF currently consists of approximately 330,000 personnel and 2,500+ aircraft of which 1,617 are combat aircraft, making the PLAAF the largest air force in Asia, and the third largest in the world behind the United States Air Force and the Russian Air Force. These figures do not include PLA Naval Aviation which has 26,000 personnel and 570 aircraft (290 combat aircraft).