When Bob was a young lad, his dad bought him an introductory flight lesson … and he was hooked for life. Bob earned his private pilot’s license, instructor’s license, air transport license, and is type-rated to fly the Boeing 737. (His need for glasses kept him out of military aviation.) He spent his career working in aviation. He has always considered flying a fighter jet as his “Everest” — his ultimate adventure. He got that opportunity in 2015 when he traveled to Russia to take control of and fly a MIG-29 and also do aerobatics. An amazing aircraft that climbs at 1000ft PER SECOND! Ride along with him!
Our plane #005
The MIG-29 climbs at 1000ft per second!!!
Making sure helmet fits
G suit is fitted
Yuri explaining maneuvers
Two rocket engines help fly the MIG
I am ready to roll!
Final checks before canopy closes
Time to go fly!
At 55,000ft doing Mach 1.7! What a blast!
Pulling 5 G’s in 90 degree turn!
I am actually rolling the MIG!
I am starting to roll the MIG
See the curvature and our contrails at Mach 1.7
Another 5 G turn!
Nice landing by Yuri
Parachute helps us slow down on landing
This is one mean machine!
Yeah, lets do it again!
After landing debrief
Bob and Yuri
Yuri and Bob
At the aeronautical museum