In a publication devoted to the development of a fourth-generation fighter aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov, who would have turned 90 on October 19, TASS military observer Viktor Litovkin recalls a discussion by experts about the placement of an engine compartment on an airplane.
The author writes that at a meeting with Deputy Minister of Aviation Industry Pavel Dondukov, Simonov suggested that Arkhip Lyulka, the designer of turbojet engines, reduce the wave resistance of the Su-27 by transferring a pair of power “units to the back”, “into the shadow of the third center wing spar,” resulting in “the bottom of the plane turns out perfectly flat, which increases the speed of the machine and its maneuverability. "
Litovkin writes that “in response, Academician Lyulka got up and speaks with Ukrainian intonations”: “You, Mikhailo Petrovich (Simonov), as soon as you come to the house, tell Zhinka, she’s thrown her ass on her back.”
The author also recalls Simonov’s story in which the Indian air marshal Srinivasapuram Krishnaswami, having first examined the Su-30MKI, called the fighter “shit”, but subsequently refused his words and, having drunk vodka from the flower vases with the designer, decided to purchase India from Russia such aircraft worth more than $ 2 billion.
In September, user sania_kurdoglo posted on Instagram a video with the Su-27 maneuvers between the rocks near the Mangup plateau in Crimea. In the same month, the Su-30MKI off the coast of the Bay of Bengal near the state of Odish (India) launched an Astra rocket.
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