FLY THE MIG-25 TO THE EDGE OF
Of all the legendary MiGs, the MiG-25 "Foxbat" flies the fastest
and goes the highest. We've got a seat reserved for you in the cockpit of
this amazing supersonic high altitude interceptor. It's capable of Mach
3.2 and rockets to a height of over 80,000 feet - to the edge of
space where the sky is black above and blue below.
will be one of Russia's finest top guns and you'll have the best seat in the house for an unforgettable view of planet
What It's Like - by David Lubin: "The flight experience, from
the dress-up, briefing, and ejection training to the take-off, flight, and
landing, was an adventure that will stay with me forever. It was more than
I ever imagined! At the top-secret Zhukovsky Air Force Base, my wife
Shannon apprehensively watched on the ground with her new friends Galina,
Nick, and the ground crew, as I began to live out my lifelong dream." ~
It's Like - by Max Dereta: "I
can feel the acceleration and enormous power of the engines behind me. I
actually feel (and look) like an astronaut. My body is completely
protected by a special G-suit. With a full-face helmet, hermetically
closed, I breathe only 100% pure oxygen pumped inside. I'm strapped into
the ejection seat in the front cockpit . Alexandre is in a separate
cockpit , behind and above me. We can't see each other, we can only talk
via the radio. But we don't talk much anyway. As we climb higher and higher, the view
becomes more and more breathtaking, almost surrealistic. I've never seen
anything like it before. Among all the instruments in front of me, I pay
attention to only two: the speed indicator which shows Mach 2,8 and the
needle on the altimeter rises to number 27,000. In other words, we are
flying with the speed of more than 3000 km/h at an altitude of 27
kilometers- almost three times higher than Boeing 747 normally flies or,
say, more than three times as high as Mt. Everest!"
What It's Like - by Simon Ward (from MiG-25 to the Edge of
Space, 2002) "Later, Alex invited me to take the controls. This was
fantastic. I got to fly the MiG-25. I started with some very cautious
banking to either side. Then I tried some bigger turns.. the intercom came
on - "Do not bank steeper than 30° Simon". Once I'd got the hang of
things, Alex asked me to turn to a heading of 310°, the direction of the
air base. "Maintain the descent at 650 (kph)" - so I eased the stick
forward a little. The flying was great!
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