40 Years of Russian Su-27 Fighter Jet

PHOTO by Vladimir Fedorenko / RIA Novosti

Forty years ago, in May 1977, a T-10-1 plane rose into the skies of Moscow region for the first time. T-10-1 was the first prototype of Soviet newest fourth generation aircraft. Seven years later, after passing serious redesign, the new fighter jet was launched in serial production under the Su-27 index, becoming a patriarch of one of the most ramified families in the history of military aviation. Today, fighter jets based on T-10 platform remain the best-selling heavy jets in the world.