Friday, August 26, 2011

Flight International August 23-29, 2011

Moscow's historic Ramenskoye air base might have been an important Cold War facility, but it was the focus of a blazing hot week in the Russian capital, as some of the country's latest technology was demonstrated to attendees at the MAKS 2011 air show. Civil aerospace enthusiasts were treated to two Sukhoi Superjets, as Armavia's first example joined the line-up alongside the airframer's prototype, while Tupolev showed off its Tu-204SM and Antonov of Ukraine demonstrated its twinjet An-158. There were also displays from special forces and an illustration of power from the mighty Mil Mi-26 helicopter. MAKS is regularly a draw for anyone wanting to see the sort of aircraft that rarely feature at the main European shows. But this year's show was dominated by one aircraft, the Sukhoi T-50, whose mystery seemed only deepened by uncertainty as to when - or whether - it would take to the sky. It did not disappoint.