Any avgeek is a fan of a little post-cold war fighter rivalry…even if its just at an airshow.
This video footage, uploaded on August 10th of 2016, features the vertical takeoffs of a Polish MIG-29 and a VS F-22 Raptor, against the backdrop of a cloudy grey sky at the 2016 Royal International Air Tattoo.
The MIG-29 blows black smoke as it prepares to take off in the early evening light. You can see the heat rising around the aircraft as fire shoots out the two Kilmov RD-33 afterburning engines. At just a few feet off the ground, the MIG-29 shoots skyward in a near vertical direction. Next, an F-22 Raptor does the same trick, only the F-22 appears to be more graceful as it commences its near vertical departure. In our humble opinion, the F-22 takes the prize. But wow…Spectacular show of force by both jets.
About the Mig-29
The MIG-29 is a twin engine jet fighter aircraft, designed in the Soviet Union. Introduced in 1982, the MIG-29 is still in service. Its primary users are the Russian Air Force, the Indian Air Force, the Ukrainian Air Force, the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, and others. More than 1,600 MIG-29 aircraft have been built between 1981 and today.
About the F-22 Raptor
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single seat, twin engine, all weather stealth aircraft. It took its maiden voyage on September 18th of 1997. After much testing and tweaking, the F-22 Raptor was introduced to the United States Air Force in 2005. Between 1996 and 2011, 195 Raptors were manufactured.