The F-35 is going to be the real backbone of the US Defense in the near future. This is the most expensive weapons program, and there is a reason for this. The F-35 is key for the US to remain ahead of adversaries, in the sky, but also in the technological race. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air superiority is critical to the nation’s security and how the U.S. military plans to fight. “The air superiority this nation has enjoyed for 60 years is not an accident and gaining and maintaining it is not easy,” Welsh said. “It requires trained proficient and ready Airmen and it requires credible, capable and technologically superior aircraft. I believe the F-35 is essential to ensuring we can provide that air superiority in the future.” The F-35 is an unprecedented fifth generation fighter combining stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully integrated sensors and network enabled operations, and state-of-the-art avionics. However, design issues and production costs have put the F-35 program in real jeopardy. Welsh said America needs the F-35 to stay a step ahead and to “make sure the future fight is an away game and to minimize our risk to our ground forces when conflict inevitably does occur.” “The F-35 is the only real, viable option to form the backbone of our future fighter fleet,” he said. “The F-35 remains the best platform to address the proliferation of highly capable integrated air defenses and new air-to-air threats.” One thing is sure, the F-35 is a real beauty.

If you are looking for an exciting experience, look no further, air combat is for you. This is new and unique in Europe! You can become fighter pilot for a day. Engage your enemy during a laser air combat dogfight in France. This is a unique aerial combat experience, done over the vineyards of Bordeaux. After a full morning briefing about flying techniques and air combat, you will be the top gun pilot engaging in a real dogfight. Each aircraft is equipped with a laser targeting system and smoke system. Aim, shoot, and see your rival aircraft smoke as you hit the plane. This amazing experience is done near Bordeaux in France. This is organised by real fighter pilots who will teach you the basics and will be in the aircraft with you to guarantee your safety.

In the morning, you get a full briefing about flying techniques, presentation of the aircrafts, dogfight and aerial combat techniques. This is followed by lunch with the pilots. And then the flights and combats in the afternoon. Two flights per person. Each flight last between 40mn to 1hour depending on resistance and strength of participants. Live a unique and extraordinary experience as you engage in a real air combat experience. Each flight follows a mission designed from the start of the flight – see below the variety of missions you can choose from.

1st mission :

The planes take-off within 10s of each other. Tight formation flying (1 to 2m). Evolutions in formation flight. Follow your leader – one aircraft follows the other within 3s, in formation (enables to get practice for future combat maneuvers) – then switch roles
Offensive set-up: Plane 2 positions itself 100m and 45° behind Plane 1: fight is on. Learn to master trajectories and targeting. When Plane 2 is hit, switch positions.
Various offensive set-up are repeated.
Demonstration of a dogfight by the fighter pilots
Back to the airfield in formation flight
Landing
Debrief

air combat fighter pilot

2nd mission:

The planes take-off within 10s of each other
Tight formation flying (1 to 2m)
Offensive set-ups: 2 set-ups are done per person
Face to face set-up
Back to the airfield in formation flight
Landing
Debrief
For security reasons, controls of the aircraft are held by the fighter pilot when in Leader position.

This air combat experience is unique in Europe. You take the controls of the aircraft under the guidance of a professional military fighter pilot. Prepare for a unique mission. Another aircraft is your sight, get closer and engage. The dogfight can start! Each aircraft is equipped with laser guided systems and smoke systems. Target the aircraft, aim and shoot. The system will acknowledge if your fire hit the aircraft. If so, then smoke appears from the aircraft. It feels real. It looks real. This is truly amazing. The team is made of professional fighter pilots, some still active in the French Air Force. Most have been in real combat in Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Their experience is extensive and they have a real passion to share their know- how and experience. Want to know more ? Follow the link to get additional information about this fighter pilot experience.

This year’s Paris Air Show should be good, with many innovations being unveiled, especially by aircraft makers and systems designers. But most of all, what makes the success of the Bourget Air Show for the general public is the aerial display. And this year, the Su-35 should have a great role in satisfying the crowds. Training flights of the Su-35S take place these days at the Zhukovsky airfield at the M. M. Gromov Flight Research Institute in preparation for participation in the le Bourget-2013 International Air Show. The Honored test pilot of the Russian Federation, the Hero of Russia Sergey Bogdan works on two sets of aerobatics – for normal and complex weather conditions. Participants and visitors of the largest exhibition of the world aircraft industry achievements will be able to watch such a complex and spectacular flight figures as spatial barrels, somersaults, a flat spin, and, of course, the famous “Pugachev’s Cobra”. Next week, upon completion of test flights, the aircraft will fly to France to continue getting ready for the flight program of the air show. The newest multirole Su-35S fighter will be presented for the first time in a foreign air show. Its premiere flight program was held at the MAKS-2009 air show in Russia. Su-35S is a deeply modernized super-maneuverable multirole fighter of the “4++” generation. The applied technologies of the 5th generation provide for the superiority of Su-35S aircraft over similar class fighters. The aircraft has a much better flight characteristics compared with standing analog fighters and more perfect on-board avionics. Aircraft characteristics exceed all European tactical fighters of the 4th and “4+” generation like Rafale and Eurofighter 2000, as well as upgraded American fighters such as F-15, F-16 and F-18. Su-35S can also successfully counter the 5th generation fighters – F-35 and F-22A. This aircraft, in particular, is the fastest (2,400 km/h at an altitude of 11 km) fighter, it has a higher thrust, it also has an almost two-fold benefit to the modern French (Rafale) and Swedish (Gripen) fighters in the flight range (without suspension tanks – 3600 km). The Gripen NG aircraft, for example, has only one engine, so it has a smaller combat survivability and reliability. The American F/A-18 fighter is inferior to the Russian Su-35S in the flight altitude. So the show should be exciting for everyone to admire such a jet fighter. Get more info about the show >> http://www.salon-du-bourget.fr/

Russia is testing its nation’s aerospace defense capabilities and launching the super interceptor MiG-31 Foxhound to do so. The fighters, “in conjunction with A-50 airborne warning and control system aircraft, are performing continuous missions to protect the airspace, including from cruise missile strikes,” the ministry said in a statement. The aircraft are to be refueled while still in the air. The three-day exercise, in which the fighters will fend off aerospace attacks, is part of a series of random checks of the Russian armed forces that began in February. It involves Air Force units from the Western Military District, General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said during a teleconference, adding that the upcoming maneuver had been ordered by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. A total of 8,700 personnel, 185 warplanes and 240 armored vehicles are participating in the checks, overseen by Col. Gen. Vladimir Zarudnitsky. The checks include missile launches at the Ashuluk test range in Astrakhan, Zarudnitsky said. This is a major operation designed to check defense response, and will also show the rest of the world where Russian power is at a very troubled time, especially when Russia is selling arms to Irak and Syria. The MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed to replace the MiG-25 “Foxbat”. The MiG-31 was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau based on the MiG-25. Like the MiG-25, MiG-31 is a large twin-engine aircraft with side-mounted air intakes, a shoulder-mounted wing with an aspect ratio of 2.94, and twin vertical tailfins. Unlike the MiG-25, it has two seats, with the rear occupied by a dedicated weapon systems officer. Our friends in Russia were operating the MiG-31 for fun rides a few years back, but they had to stop as it was too expensive. Instead, they are using now the MiG-29 which is more fuel efficient, and also has a large canopy which offers a greater view. If you are interested in flying such aircraft, check our specialized page: http://www.flyajetfighter.com/fly-the-mig-29-fulcrum/