Friday, December 26, 2008

Sukhoi SU-30MK V(enezuela)

I like things that fly. I like birds and airplanes. Today I watched a pelican make a perfect 360 corkscrew to lose altitude and land on rock. Amazing!

I like the power of military aircraft. They are fun to watch. Living in New Mexico, the stealth fighters (F-117) would often fly over town on their training sorties. It is a real thrill to see aircraft, especially military hardware fly low and slow. You can feel the power of these machines.

The day before Christmas, the Sukhois were flying. These are Venezuela's newest jets. They are really amazing aircraft with vectoring nozzles allowing them to turn extremely sharp and quick.

On the first pass, they flew between our building and the beach; a lead and a wingman level with our apartment. I could see into the cockpits of the jets, but I did not have my camera handy.


They banked right as they passed over the water.

I could hear them flying, then they made a second pass. This time the lead headed directly for our building. I was looking straight down his air-intakes. This time I had my camera in my hand, but I fumbled the camera. Not sure if I had turned it on, or had it switched to camera mode. By the time I got a few pics off, I just got blue sky. I saw the jets belly just a few meters over our building so close I could see details like landing gear doors, etc.

They flew around a bit more and I was only able to get this pic, using the view finder. On this pass, they were quite a bit higher...several hundred meters higher. This was the best pic I got and its not very good.
Sukhoi SU-30MK V

1 comment:

SS:Mtn Biker said...

Maybe they were spying on ya,Mims!
LOL ;-P