Origins- How The Iconic Sukhoi Su-27 Fighter Was Born (Part-1)

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The Su-27 family is inarguably the best fighter aircraft that Russia has produced till date. These large and powerful aircraft are extremely maneuverable and can carry huge payloads over long distances. They were designed from scratch to be better than the American F-15 in all aspects. I was inspired to write about the Su-27 after watching a full feature documentary ‘Wings of Russia’ on their origins. This article will contain the story and screenshots from the video and my analysis and explanation of how the Soviets managed to develop the iconic Su-27 fighter which later spawned into the Su-30/35 and became widely popular around the world. Since there is a lot to be covered, the article is split into 2 parts.


The Sukhoi design bureau had its origins in WW2 and they have had a string of successes ever since. But after WW2 the Americans had taken a lead…

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