Get Your Own Fighter Jet

 

By William Stolerman

A Russian Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker jet is on sale for a paltry $5million. In fact a pair of them are available, so if you've got a friend who you'd want as your wingman, now's your chance. 

The pair of SU-27s were originally purchased by a company that wanted to do some high-altitude research (the jets can reach 57,000 feet) but fortunately for any potential buyer – the company went bust.

With a top speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1 (meaning it can accelerate while climbing straight up) the Sukhoi SU-27 was designed to fight the very best the United States had to offer.

The Soviet aircraft was right at the forefront of Cold War weaponry but you don't need to worry about your lack of ability or experience. John Morgan (whose company restored and is selling the planes) can get you up to speed. He said: "We have a training program for any prospective owner”.

Morgan’s team at Pride Aircraft has “zero timed” the airframe and engine, so the jet is as if brand new. They've also been modernized with Western instrumentation, radios and GPS and both are equipped with IFR as well as U.S. avionics.

The

jets are the “UB” variant of the SU-27 so were never intended for combat nor were they fitted with any weapons but their performance is still there. The editor in chief of Pilot Magazine said: "For what you get from a performance standpoint, and a thrill standpoint, it’s great value. Now, putting gas in them is another story.”

Even without the afterburners lit they'll drink 1,000 -1,200 gallons of fuel per hour and considering a gallon of Jet A sells for around $4 -$5 dollars…

It wouldn't be cheap to run but it sure would be a lot of fun.

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Via [wired]

www.prideaircraft.com

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