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Offline PA

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Just got this in a email from a friend (ex Airforce) who works in the aviation industry.

What's that? Cant buy yourself a F-14 or F-111 due to red tape? Just buy an   SU-27 instead!


Pride Aircraft is very pleased to announce the availability of the first and only pair of privately-owned, airworthy Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers in the world. Both are two-seat 'UB' models (NATO Code Flanker-C) with full flight instrumentation and controls in both cockpits.

These aircraft eclipse every other jet warbird in performance, technological sophistication, and "wow-factor." There simply is no comparison with any other aircraft you can own. They're here in the USA now, and will be flying soon.
Both aircraft have freshly-overhauled (zero-time) airframes with zero-time engines, and have just completed extensive inspections and Westernization by skilled factory technicians. All cockpit markings have been relabeled in English. The aircraft have full IFR U.S. instrumentation and avionics, but retain every bit of character, pedigree, and performance they had in foreign military service.

Now, a few words about these aircraft. For quite some time, there have been rumors and whispers about these aircraft. We even released some photos of them as they arrived in the USA. This led to much speculation and incorrect reports by aviation press sources.

The aircraft arrived here in a completely de-militarized condition -- all weapons systems and military-related hardware had been previously removed, in full compliance with U.S. and Ukranian laws.

They were not brought here for any military purpose. They were brought here to be privately-owned and operated -- just like every other jet "warbird" in America. Because of the freedoms we enjoy here (as aircraft enthusiasts and "warbird" owners in the U.S. and elsewhere are keenly aware), private individuals and/or aircraft museums have the opportunity to collect and operate almost any sport aircraft they desire.

The Su-27 Flanker, while at first glance a serious piece of hardware (and it is!), is a 4th Generation fighter. It was designed beginning in 1972, and the first prototype flew in 1977. It entered service over 25 years ago, in the mid-1980s. Its abilities are widely known, and variants of it have participated in numerous U.S. military exercises against F-15s, F-16s, F-14s, and F/A-18s.

However, the new 5th Generation F-22 Raptor, and other aircraft now appearing on the scene, have rendered any discussion of "cutting-edge" fighter technology completely superfluous. It may seem harsh to say it, but because the Su-27 and aircraft of its generation are now becoming sport aircraft (warbirds) in the U.S., this is evidence that that technological improvements in fighter aircraft have continued to advance far beyond what was once considered "high-tech" and "leading edge." This is definitely not an indictment of the lovely Sukhoi Su-27. It is, and will remain, an extraordinary aircraft with superior performance. But it is now available to private individuals precisely because of these rapid advancements. We fly them for sport because we can.

Pride Aircraft is very pleased to be the only place you can get one (or two!) We look forward to hearing from qualified buyers.

Please, tire-kickers or "aircraft dreamers" should not call.

Who wants to go shares in one.  :thumbsup:

Offline AshSimmonds

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Who wants to go shares in one.  :thumbsup:

If those Red Bull Air Races used planes like these and dogfights and stuff I'd be more interested... :cool:

Offline S4Simon

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Above photos are of the SU-27's that have'nt crashed yet.

Museum piece / backyard shed display would be less life shortening.
I've been rich & I've been poor...

Rich is better

Offline Rickjames

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Wow, bringing this baby (thread) back from the dead!

I have a very good client who is looking at buying the L-59 Albatross......there is a guy in Bathurst who reassembles these aircraft ready for flying...there are strict regs on importing aircraft like these..

Small world, he is a family friend! In fact I am buying a friend a ride in his L 39 in two weeks time as a 30th bday present!

Another jet worth looking into ownership of is a Viperjet. US made, all carbon, looks great. New model is the Fan jet, no pics out yet but good range (for what it is) and I think it was about $1m. Ex military jet would be a pain in this ass to maintain, never made with civilian use in mind, I'd much rather try to get into something like the viper jet that was built from ground up as a private operated concern. 

Pride Aircraft in the states always have lots of L 39s for sale, they were also responsible for the two SU-27 Flankers. Wicked awesome those things.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df3vW5HsPlc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df3vW5HsPlc</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyBV5qJlI2A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyBV5qJlI2A</a>

Offline Rickjames

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Was out at the hangar yesterday teeing up my mates flight in the Jet.

Please excuse the photo quality, Iphone+poorlight+no room= Sh*t photo

Also on the plane and cars topic found this;

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcfi-ji8S7I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcfi-ji8S7I</a>

Not sure what sort of jet it is, maybe a Javelin? Looks great.

EDIt: Its a Aermacchi MB-339.

Mind you so does the Zonda.

Offline Rickjames

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I've always wanted to be a pilot

You should try gliding! Its fairly cheap (compared to powered flight) and pretty easy to go solo. You'll learn the basics of flight and should be able to transfer what you have learnt to getting your powered licence later on. Safe too.

Seems like a good stepping stone.

Your closest club is http://www.adelaidesoaring.on.net/

In Bathurst it costs about $35 odd dollars to get towed up and about $60-70 per hour to hire the club gliders. Not bad considering the ASK-21's cost about $150,000+!

You should be able to get a joy flight or TIF (trial introductory Flight) for $130 to introduce yourself to the sport.

Here's vids to motivate you!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlXDTFhCG9w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlXDTFhCG9w</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS7y2B9sgBg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS7y2B9sgBg</a>

Offline deangpsx8

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