Russian MIG-29 and Su-27 fighter jets flying in front of decoy countermeasure flares over the Red Square in Moscow, Russia

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Russian MIG-29 and Su-27 fighter jets flying in front of decoy countermeasure flares over the Red Square in Moscow, Russia
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This photo : Russian MIG-29 and Su-27 fighter jets flying in front of decoy countermeasure flares over the Red Square in Moscow, Russia during the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2009. At work are the "Russian Knights" and the Strizhi (the Swifts) aerobatic teams of the Russian Air Force. The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: "Fulcrum") is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. Developed by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s, the MiG-29, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, was developed to counter new American fighters such as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. The MiG-29 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1982. The Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine super maneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, with 3,530-kilometer (1,910 nmi) range, heavy aircraft ordnance, sophisticated avionics and high mobility. The Su-27 most often flies air supremacy missions, but its most modern variants are able to perform almost all aerial warfare operations. Complementing the smaller MiG-29, the Su-27 has its closest US counterpart in the F-15 Eagle.
Location: Red Square, Moscow, Russia, Eastern Europe

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