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Phase 1 Flight Testing Complete for HFF MiG-29

Photo by Kevin Scott

February 17, 2011 — The Historic Flight Foundation (HFF) reports its 1989 MiG-29UB, the second privately owned of its type to fly, completed the FAA-required five-hour Phase 1 flight test program on February 9. The aircraft (N29UB) is now certificated for normal flight operations after successfully demonstrating rolls, loops, dives and climbs, afterburner takeoffs, and high-altitude flight.

Owner and co-pilot John Sessions reported no squawks and praised the Cold War-era fighter. “In terms of simple durability and ease of maintenance, these aircraft are stellar,” he said. Although this is the second privately held MiG-29 flying (here’s the first), Sessions laid claim to the first private U.S. MiG-29 to complete flight testing and be FAA-certificated for normal operations. Future plans are to sell the aircraft to help support HFF’s collection of 1927-1957 aircraft. (See previous story.)

For more details on the HFF, click here.

Video from the final day of flight testing


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