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Pugachev's Cobra (wikipedia.org)
36 points by vinnyglennon on Sept 21, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 15 comments

F-22 performing Cobra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUdt6ZSWUsI

But the cobra is not the definition of supermaneuverability:


Su-37 Kulbit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZg0jZfI6Cg

F-22A Kulbit (@1:25) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrBx6G2O6A4

America does the formation stuff very well, but the Russians are in different league in terms of single-aircraft demonstrations. See below @1:16 for some variations on the cobra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wc04VQXCM

That the kind of move that makes a opposing pilot go "Oh Fuck!" right before getting a face full of ordnance.

Interesting to note that the MiG-29 can apparently pull that one, even though it has no trust vectoring.

The Mig-29 listed in that wiki is the MiG-29OVT. A thrust vectoring prototype.

Well that explains quite a bit...

That F22A doing a Kulbit: I'm not sure that counts, he uses way too much time to get around as compared to the Su-37.

If I remember the story correctly, the F-22 was never meant to do the cobra/kulbit. But when they saw the russians doing it at shows they had to come up with something.

Anyone interested in maneuverability or russian planes generally needs to see this: (the SU-47)


on the other hand I always get dumbfounded when I see their antonovs, they are crazy big.

Antonov's are Ukrainian planes.

"I'm gonna hit the brakes, and he'll fly right by."

i'll see you and raise you https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Ivan

Its like an airplane wheelie!

Now more than just an insanely strong beer. http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16843/76206/

I saw Patty Wagstaff do one in her 300S aerobatics plane..

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