ZHUKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, RUSSIA – Last weekend’s MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon 2019 showcased the best of the best from Russia’s civil and military aviation and aircraft from a few other countries, and FLYHIGH.NEWS was there! All the thousands of spectators could enjoy watching a lot of incredible maneuvers and a lot of show during this 6-day event. Like in this video of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 performing an almost insane short landing for a commercial aircraft. Although it’s a small aircraft and pretty light in weight during the demo – due to a short amount of fuel and no passengers or baggage – you have to admit; it’s still quite impressive!
Sukhoi Superjet 100
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 or SSJ100 is a regional jet designed by Sukhoi, a division of the United Aircraft Corporation. Its development started in 2000. It made its maiden flight on May 19, 2008 and its 1st commercial flight on April 21, 2011 with Armavia, a former airline from Armania.
The 46–49 t (101,000–108,000 lb) plane typically seats 87 to 98 passengers and is powered by two 77 to 79 kN (17,000 to 18,000 lbf) PowerJet SaM146 turbofans, developed by a joint venture between French Safran and Russian NPO Saturn. By May 2018, a total of 301 Superjets were ordered and 147 were delivered to airlines worldwide. Aeroflot has 49 Superjets in service.
MAKS International Aviation and Space Show
MAKS (МАКС) is an international airshow held at Zhukovsky International Airport, the home of the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia. The event was organized by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade until 2009, more recently by the Government of Moscow and Aviasalon. The first show, Mosaeroshow-92, was held in 1992. Since 1993, the air show was renamed as MAKS and is held biennially on odd years.
The 2019 edition of MAKS Airshow was held from August 27 till September 1. The last 3 days – during the weekend – are open to the public, like at the airshows in Paris and Farnborough.
For more info about MAKS, please visit this site.
(Head image: from JERRY TAHA AVIATION video)