The Mikoyan MiG-29 with NATO reporting name "Fulcrum" is a fourth-generation jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. Detailed design started in the early nineteen seventies, with the designated MiG-29A first flight taking place on October 1977. The pre-production aircraft was first spotted by United States reconnaissance satellites in November of that year; it was dubbed Ram-L because it was observed at the Zhukovsky flight test center. It was designed with two large intakes that are closed during initial take-off to protect the engines against debris. The MiG-29 is used as fighter but also "escort".
The MiG-29UB is a trainer two seat version. The type was widely exported in downgraded versions to also non-Warsaw Pact countries. The MiG-29 was also used by the German DDR. Some variations in type MiG-29 were also developed.
Upon the fall of the Iron Curtain, some aircraft were "put into service" by the West German NATO Luftwaffe! Also Poland used the type when it became a NATO partner, but now it is replaced by the F-16. India is also a large user.
A navalised version, the MiG-29K was also developed for the Russian Naval aviation.
Mig-29 "C" Fulcrum
Here a Mig-29 "C" is seen at Nellis AFB USA and also some details of the display inside the USAF "Intelligence Museum" at Nellis.
Photographed 2009 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Mig-29 Fulcrum "A"
This Mig-29 (probably a "izdeliye 9-12") was seen at the Pima Air Museum (Tucson, Az.).
Photographed 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
INFORMATION FROM MANUAL MiG-29
From a German Air Force manual, written after the "merger of Germany". Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
In 1/72 scale several kits of the MiG-29 were issued, the better kit for many years being the ICM kit. But in 2015 better 1/72 kits became available: from Trumpeter (a "izdeliye 9-12") and even a slightly better from Zvezda (but a "izdeliye 9-13" with thicker hump back).
In 1/32 kits of different versions are available from Revell (both single as two seater UB !), reasonable kits at the time. Later Trumpeter came with a MiG-29K naval version. May 2017 Trumpeter released a brand new MiG-29A 9.12 in 1/32 scale that looks quite good.
This walk around page was originally created Aug 2013 by M. de Vreeze