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Sukhoi Su-26 of Alexander McLean on the runway at  Katendrecht International Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Sukhoi Su-26 of Alexander McLean on the runway at  Katendrecht International Airport, Rotterdam, Netherlands.                Photo: Rob Vogelaar, air-races.com

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The Sukhoi Su-26 prototype first took flight in June, 1984 with test pilot Eugene Frolov at the controls. The Su-26 embodied a number of innovations that would revolutionize the air show and competition world, but high on the list was its composite-intensive construction. Its fuselage is built around a steel-tube truss and covered in a fiberglass shell, and its wings are built entirely of composite materials. This construction method lends itself well to light weight and a smooth finish, both principles that Russian designers usually shunned. The earlier Russian aerobatic aircraft were notoriously heavy and bristled with rivets the size of pencil erasers.

Sukhoi Su-26 variants:

Su-26MKh     with wing external fuel tanks.
Su-26M2       with smoke flight tracer and additional fuel tank.

Developing nation: Russia.
Manufacturer/designer: Sukhoi Design Bureau.
Production line: Moscow.
Type aircraft: unlimited aerobatic competition aircraft.
First flight: June 30, 1984.
Cockpit: one pilot.
Wing span 7,80 m.
Wing area: 11,83 m.
Fuselage length: 6,83 m.
Height: 2,89 m.
Engines: one Vedeneyev M-14P piston engine rated 270 KW.
Propeller: constant speed three blade propeller.
Weight: 736 Kg.
Max. take off weight: 1.206 Kg.
Cruise speed: 310 km/h.
Max. speed: 450 km/h.
Landing speed: 115 km/h.
Service ceiling: 4.000 m.
Max rate of roll: 4000/sec.
G-limits: +12/-10 g.
Range: 800 km.
Performance: max. rate of climb at sea level 960 m per minute.
Red Bull Air Race Pilots Flying This Aircraft: Alexander McLean in the 2005 season.

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