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HA6519 MIG-29A Fulcrum 231st FS, Cuban Revolutionary Air Force,
San Julian Air Base, 1997

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.

The original plan called for Cuba to purchase 35 – 45 jet fighters for their Cuban Revolutionary Air Force/DAAFAR that would be enough to equip a regiment but because of Soviet economic hard times they were forced to settle for twelve MiG-29A Fulcrums and two dual-seat MiG-29UB “Fulcrum Bs). The aircraft arrived in October 1989 and after assembly were test flown on April 19, 1990. The aircraft is painted in the standard Soviet light grey and grey-green camouflage pattern. In 1997 this aircraft was based with 231st Fighter Sqn., “Playa Giron” Guard Brigade, Cuban Revolutionary A.F.; San Julian A.B.,

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)