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Fokker D.VII

Fokker D.VII (replica) 266 Luchtvaartafdeeling (Netherlands Air Force)

The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke.

  • Role: Fighter
  • National origin: Germany
  • Manufacturer: Fokker-Flugzeugwerke
  • Designer: Reinhold Platz
  • First flight: January 1918
  • Introduction: 1918
  • Status: Privately owned, or in museums
  • Produced: 1918–1928
  • Number built: Over 3,200

Operators

  • Argentine Naval Aviation
  • Austro-Hungarian Navy
  • Belgian Air Force
  • Bulgarian Air Force
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Royal Danish Air Force
  • Finnish Air Force
  • Germany: Luftstreitkrafte, Kaiserliche Marine
  • Hungarian Air Force
  • Netherlands: Luchtvaartafdeling
  • Latvian Air Force
  • Lithuania
  • Polish Air Force
  • Royal Romanian Air Force
  • Soviet Air Force
  • Swedish Air Force
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Ottoman Air Force
  • United States Army Air Service
  • United States Marine Corps

Specifications (D.VII with Mercedes D.III engine)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.954 m (22 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.75 m (9 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 20.5 m2 (221 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 670 kg (1,477 lb)
  • Gross weight: 906 kg (1,997 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 120 kW (160 hp)
    • or 1 × 130.5 kW (175 hp) Mercedes D.IIIa 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine
    • or 1 × 137.95 kW (185 hp) BMW IIIa 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine (240hp rating at low level, emergency only, risk of engine damage.)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 189 km/h (117 mph; 102 kn)
    • BMW IIIa engine – 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,685 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3.92 m/s (772 ft/min)
    • BMW IIIa engine – 9.52 metres per second (1,874 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude:
    • 1,000 m (3,281 ft) in 4 minutes 15 seconds (1 minutes 40 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 2,000 m (6,562 ft) in 8 minutes 18 seconds (4 minutes 5 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in 13 minutes 49 seconds (7 minutes 0 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 4,000 m (13,123 ft) in 22 minutes 48 seconds (10 minutes 15 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 5,000 m (16,404 ft) in 38 minutes 5 seconds (14 minutes 0 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)
    • 6,000 m (19,685 ft) (18 minutes 45 seconds w/ BMW IIIa)

    Armament

  • Guns: 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 “Spandau” machine guns

Mikoyan MiG-29

Mikoyan MiG-29A 105, 23.BLT (1.elt) Polish Air Force

The Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-29; NATO reporting name: “Fulcrum”) is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. Developed by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s.

 

  • Role: Air superiority fighter, multirole fighter
  • National origin: Sovjet Union
  • Manufacturer: Mikoyan
  • First flight: 6 October 1977
  • Introduction: July 1983
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1982–present
  • Number built: 1,600+
  • Variants: Mikoyan MiG-29M, Mikoyan MiG-29K, Mikoyan MiG-35

Military operators

  • Algerian Air Force – 26 MiG-29
  • Azerbaijani Air Forces – 13 MiG-29
  • Bangladeshi Air Force – 8 MiG-29SE (6 MiG-29B and 2 MiG-29UB)
  • Belarusian Air Force – 41 MiG-29
  • Bulgarian Air Force – 14 MiG-29 and four MiG-29UB
  • Chadian Air Force – 3 MiG-29
  • Cuban Revolutionary Air and Air Defense Force – 4 MiG-29
  • Egyptian Air Force – Negotiating for 24 MiG-29s
  • Eritrean Air Force – 4 MiG-29
  • Indian Air Force – 67 MiG-29
  • Indian Naval Air Arm – 20 MiG-29K
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force – 25 MiG-29
  • Kazakh Air and Air Defence Forces – 40 MiG-29
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force – 12 MiG-29
  • Mongolian Air Force – Five MiG-29
  • Myanmar Air Force – 36 MiG-29
  • Peruvian Air Force – 19
  • Korean People’s Air Force – 10-15
  • Polish Air Force – 38
  • Russian Air Force – ~230–291 MiG-29
  • Serbian Air Force and Air Defence – three MiG-29s and one MiG-29UB
  • Slovak Air Force – 6
  • Sudanese Air Force – 12
  • Syrian Arab Air Force – 19 MiG-29
  • Turkmen Air Force – 24 MiG-29
  • Ukrainian Air Force – 80 MiG-29
  • United States – Used by private defense contractor Air USA for adversary training services
  • Uzbekistan Air and Air Defence Forces – 60 MiG-29
  • Yemeni Air Force – 18 MiG-29SMTs and one MiG-29UBT

Former military operators

  • Czechoslovakia – Received 18 MiG-29s and two MiG-29UB aircraft
  • Czech Republic – Inherited nine MiG-29 and one MiG-29UB
  • East Germany – 24 absorbed into the West German Air Force upon reunification
  • Germany – One crashed, one on display, 22 sold to Poland
  • Hungary – 28
  • Iraq – during Saddam Hussein’s era. These were destroyed or written off
  • Israel – leased from Poland in 1997
  • Moldova – not operational, six MiG-29S in storage
  • Romania – 17 MiG-29 and five MiG-29UB
  • Serbia and Montenegro – Inherited from Yugoslavia, six shot down in 1999
  • Yugoslavia – 14 MiG-29 and 2 MiG-29UB

Specifications (MiG-29)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 17.37 m (57 ft)
  • Wingspan: 11.4 m (37 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 4.73 m (15 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 38 m² (409 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 15,300 kg (33,730 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 20,000 kg (44,100 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Klimov RD-33 afterburning turbofans, 8,300 kgf (81.4 kN, 18,300 lbf) each
  • Fuel capacity: 3,500 kg. (7,716 lbs.) internal

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.25 (2,400 km/h, 1,490 mph) At low altitude: Mach 1.25 (1,500 km/h, 930 mph)
  • Range: 1,430 km (772 nmi, 888 mi) with maximum internal fuel
  • Ferry range: 2,100 km (1,300 mi) with external drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 18,013 m (59,100 ft)
  • Rate of climb: initial 330 m/s average 109 m/s 0–6000 m (65,000 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 403 kg/m² (82 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.09
  • Maximum design g-load: +9 g

Armament

  • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds
  • 9 Hard points: 6 x pylons under-wing, 3 x under fuselage
  • Up to 3,500 kg (7,720 lb) of weapons including six air-to-air missiles — a mix of semi-active radar homing (SARH)/infrared homing AA-8 “Aphid”, AA-10 “Alamo”, AA-11 “Archer”, active radar homing AA-12 “Adder”, FAB 500-M62, FAB-1000, TN-100, ECM Pods, S-24 rockets, Kh-25, Kh-29

Avionics

  • Phazotron N019 Rubin radar
  • N010 Zhuk radar

 

 

Dassault Mirage III

Dassault Mirage IIIDS HB-RDF/J-2012

The Dassault Mirage III is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fighter aircraft produced by Dassault Aviation for the French Air Force and widely exported.

  • Role: Interceptor aircraft
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Dassault Aviation
  • First flight: 17 November 1956
  • Introduction: 1961
  • Status: In service only by Pakistan Air Force
  • Produced: 1977–1983
  • Number built: 1,422
  • Variants: Dassault Mirage IIIV (BalzacV), Dassault Mirage 5, Atlas Cheetah

Dassault Mirage IIIS J-2313 Swiss Air Force

Military operators

  • Argentinian Air Force
  • Egyptian Air Force

Former military operators

  • Abu Dhabi Air Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Belgium Air Force
  • Brazilian Air Force
  • Chilean Air Force
  • Colombian Air Force
  • French Air Force
  • Gabonese Air Force
  • Israeli Air Force
  • Lebanese Air Force
  • Libyan Air Force
  • Peruvian Air Force
  • South-African Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Venezuelan Air Force
  • Zairian Air Force

Dassault Mirage IIIDS HB-RDF/J-2012

Specifications (Mirage IIIE)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 15.03 m (49 ft 3½ in)
  • Wingspan: 8.22 m (26 ft 11⅝ in)
  • Height: 4.50 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 34.85 m² (375 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 7,050 kg (15,600 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 9,600 kg (21,164 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 13,700 kg (30,203 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × SNECMA Atar 09C turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 41.97 kN (9,436 lbf)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 60.80 kN (13,668 lbf)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2 (2,350 km/h, 1,268 knots, 1,460 mph) at 12,000 m (39,370 ft)
  • Combat radius: 1,200 km (647 nmi, 746 mi)
  • Ferry range: 3,335 km ()
  • Service ceiling: 17,000 m (55,775 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 46,600 ft/min ()

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun
  • Rockets: 2× Matra JL-100 drop tank/rocket pack, each with 19× SNEB 68 mm rockets and 66 US gallons (250 liters) of fuel
  • Missiles: 2× AIM-9 Sidewinders OR Matra R550 Magics plus 1× Matra R530,
  • Bombs: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) of payload on five external hardpoints, including a variety of bombs, reconnaissance pods or Drop tanks; French Air Force IIIEs through 1991, equipped for AN-52 nuclear bomb.