Pilot climbing into MiG-29 fighter

Pilot climbing into MiG-29 fighter

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Caption: Fighter pilot. A pilot climbing into the cockpit of a MiG-29 fighter aircraft. A product of the Mikoyan-Guryevich design bureau, the MiG-29 (NATO reporting name 'Fulcrum') is a fourth-generation air superiority fighter. It is powered by two Klimov RD-33 afterburning turbofan jet engines and can reach speeds of Mach 2.25 (2400 km/h) and a ceiling of 18,000 metres. It is armed with a 30mm cannon and seven hardpoints that can carry missiles, bombs, rocket packs and fuel tanks. The MiG-29 first flew in 1977, entered service in 1983 and over 1600 have been built. MiG-29s have been sold to many air forces across the world. Photographed in 2011.

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