MiG-35 Stars At Russia's MAKS Air Show
The MiG-35 is just one of hundreds of new, old and historic aircraft on display at MAKS 2017. For a U.S.-based aviation journalist, getting to Zhukovsky, home of Russia’s premier flight research center, feels like trekking to the far edge of the Earth. But when you finally get off the Soviet-era suburban train at Otdykh Railway Station and emerge from the overgrown forests onto the Zhukovsky flight line in the full heat of summer, you are met by the most extraordinary and eclectic mix of aircraft. You will not find this collection of aircraft assembled anywhere else in the world. From Soviet-era bombers to the fifth-generation Su-57 (also known as the T-50 and Su-50), there is something mythical, and almost magical, about Russian aerospace.
Here we present a small sampling of the MAKS 2017 static display.
Correction: An earlier version of this story attributed comments to the former MiG CEO. Those statements were made at MAKS by the current MiG CEO, Ilya Tarasenko, who has held the position since September 2016.