The Sukhoi Su-29 is a fixed wing, single-engine, two-seat aerobatic
aircraft built and developed by the Sukhoi Company (JSC)in Russia. The
Sukhoi SU-29 is a further development of the highly valued single-seat
Sukhoi Su-26M aerobatic aircraft from the former Soviet Union. When
developing the Su-29's aerodynamic configuration and airframe design,
Sukhoi took into account the field experience gained in using the Su-26.
In less than a year Sukhoi produced design documentation and built the
first plane. Many design and technological solutions for the Su-29 were
lifted from its predecessor; the extent of utilisation of common
elements from the production Su-26 was 65%. The designers improved the
mid-fuselage solution and engineered a second cockpit, and increased the
wingspan and the fuselage length by 400mm each. Due to wide use of
composite materials, which share up to 60% of the Su-29 aircraft
structure, the empty weight increased by no more than 60 kg as compared
to the Su-26 aircraft empty weight. On 9 August 1991, the first
prototype aeroplane Su-29-1 was flown first by Ye.I. Frolov from the FRI
airfield in Zhukovsky. The Sukhoi Su-29 demonstrate
superior acceleration and rate-of-climb performance, excellent
controllability, high level of permissible g-loads, and all-round field
of view from the cockpit. In case of emergencies, the pilot is in a
position to escape from the aeroplane using the SKS-94M ejection system.
Early 1992, the first twelve aircraft were sold in the USA. On 7 July
1994, the Su-29 became the first aircraft in Russia to obtain full Russian Certification to AR-23 standard,
according to Type Certificate Data Sheet number 60-29. The Russian Type Certificate Holder is Advanced Aircraft
Construction Technologies, Moscow, Russian Federation. The Sukhoi Su-29 is fitted with one Vedeneyev (OKBM) M14P of
360 hp or M14PF of 400hp nine-cylinder radial piston engine, which is geared and supercharged.
Over 50 Sukhoi Su-29 aircraft were built.
On 20 May 2013,
"RAFC - Russian Flying Company" Sukhoi Su-29 HA-YAT was
photographed at Oostwold-Oldambt airfield, the Netherlands, during an
engine run. The aircraft was flown in its aerobatic show during the Oostwold
Airshow 2013 by Stephen van Dijck. The 1995-built Sukhoi Su-29 c/n 78-02
was testflown as RA-7802 and registered RA-016102 in Russia. Since, the
airframe was registered HA-YAT in Hungary. Sukhoi Su-29 HA-YAT was flown by the Real
Aero Club de España until it entered service with RAFC at Lelystad
Airport in 2011.