Sukhoi Su-26m Cockpit

Close up images of the cockpit and fuselage of an airplane.

The Sukhoi Design Bureau, makers of Soviet and Russian military aircraft, designed the Su-26 in 1983 for unlimited aerobatic competition. The Su-26M is made of more than 50 percent composite materials and has a special symmetrical wing section and arched cantilever titanium landing gear. It was designed to handle loads from +12 Gs to -10 Gs and is a superior aircraft for the most highly skilled pilot. It can perform spectacular gyroscopic maneuvers and quick, multiple snap rolls, and can nearly hover from its propeller. Soviet pilots flew Su 26Ms to multiple aerobatic titles. Highlighted in this image is the cockpit of the Sukhoi Su-26m.

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Eric Long

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Aircraft; Aviation; Competition Flight; Private

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