Armour Collection B11E778 Soviet Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 'Fulcrum' Fighter - Strizhi Aerobatics Team (1:48 Scale)
"By powerful artillery fire, air strikes, and a wave of attacking tanks, we're supposed to swiftly crush the enemy."
- Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov
The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" ("Tochka Opori" in Russian) was designed and built to be a single-seat supersonic, all-weather, air superiority fighter representing the latest and perhaps last fighter produced by the Mikoyan Design Bureau. The primary role of the MiG-29 is to destroy air targets at ranges from 60 to 200 kilometers (30 to 110 nautical miles) at all altitudes, on all profiles, in any weather, and under all electronic countermeasures (ECM) conditions. In addition, the basic MiG-29 is capable of limited air-to-ground operations and in advanced versions, has been optimized to attack both stationary and moving targets with precision guided munitions (PGM).
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a MiG-29 Fulcrum was flown by the Red Air Force Strizhi Aerobatics Team. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9.5 inches
Length: 13.75 inches
Release Date: June 2008
Historical Account: "Swifts" - The Strizhi ("Swifts") are a Soviet and later Russian aerobatic performance demonstrator team connected with the Russian Air Force.
In July 1983, the 234 Guards Fighter Regiment based in Kubinka air base was among the first regular aviation regiments to receive 4th generation fighters Mig-29. Regiment started tailoring a team of military pilots, boasting perfect aerobatic techniques, to carry out demonstration flights on Mig-29s in the mid-1980s, when the Air Force was just embarking on mastering aircraft of this type. Military pilots, headed by Lieutenant Colonel A.N. Kutuzov, an Honorary Military Pilot of Russia, were tasked with perfecting aerobatics in a formation of six aircraft sometimes spaced three metres apart.
The team is considered to have been officially established on May 6th, 1991, when it carried out demonstration flights under the name of Swifts or Strizhi for the first time. After the show Air Marshal Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub personally decorated pilots of the aerobatic team with medals "For Strengthening Combat Commonwealth Between States".
In October 1991, the Strizhi aerobatic team carried out its first demonstration flights abroad, when it paid a visit to the Swedish Uppsala airbase. The Strizhi first public foreign demonstration took place in France in May 1992 during the air show, devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Normandy-Neman squadron. The aerobatic team's airmanship amazed experienced western public. The tight six-aircraft formation carried out almost every aerobatic stunt: oblique loop, loop-the-loop, barrel roll, etc. The flight formations constantly changed as well: the echelon formation transformed into the "envelope", the "cross", the "pyramid", the "wing", and the "star" formations. The demonstration flight ended with a spectacular break-up of aircraft to various directions, the so-called "tulip" break-up, followed by a volley of flares, fired by fighters.