Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA6503 MIG-29A Fulcrum 29+14, JG 73 "Steinhoff", German Air Force,
Laage Air Base, 1994

The MiG-29 is a twin-engine supersonic fourth generation air superiority jet fighter developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970’s. The aircraft entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1983 and still is in use with them as well as equipping over twenty four other countries over the years. The NATO designation for the MiG-29 is Fulcrum and it was designed to counter the American F-16 and F-18. The MiG-29 was first seen in the West in 1986. The MiG-29 (9-13) is designated the Fulcrum C.

In 1988 and 1989 East Germany received twenty MiG-29As and four MiG-29UBs aircraft for 1. /JG3 in Preschen. When the Berlin Wall fell in October 1990 all the inventory of the East German Air Force went to the West German Luftwaffe. The 1./JG3 designation was kept until April 1991 when both MiG-29 squadrons became JG73 “Steinhoff”. In June 1993 JG73 relocated to Laage. One MiG-29 29+14 was former East German JG3 684 c/n 2960525800. In 2003 twenty two of the remaining twenty three MiGs were sold to Poland for €1 each.

General Specifications Mig-29
Manufacturer – Mikoyan Gurevich
Role – Supersonic Multi-Role Jet Fighter
Entered Service – 1983
Production All Variants – 1,600 +
Crew – 1
Dimensions
Length – 17.32 m (56 ft 10 in)
Wingspan – 11.36 m (37 ft 3 in)
Height – 4.73 m (15 ft 6 in)
Weight
Empty – 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)
Loaded – 14,900 kg (33,730 lb)
Maximum Takeoff – 18,000 kg (44,100 lb)
Performance
Powerplants – 2 X Klimov RD-33 Afterburning Turbofans Each Producing 81.59 kN (18,342 lbf)
Maximum Speed
@ Altitude – Mach 2.25 (2,400 km/h) (1,490 mph)
Range – 1,430 km (888 mi) (772 nmi) With Maximum Internal Fuel
Service Ceiling – 18,000 m (59,100 ft)
Rate-Of Climb – 330 m/s (65,000 ft/min)
Ferry Range – 2,100 km ((1,300 mi) (1,130 nmi ) With 1 Drop Tank
Armament
Gun – 1 X 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 Auto-Cannon W/150 Rounds Hardpoints – 7 X (6 Under-Wing, 1 Fuselage Capable Of Carrying Up To 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) Of Various Weapons Rockets S-5 S-8 S-24 Missiles 2 X R-27R/ER/T/ET/P Air-To-Air 4 X R-60 AAMs 4 X R-73 AAMs Bombs 6 X 665 kg (1,466 lb) Bombs