The photo in this post features the Su-57 Felon as you’ve never seen it before.
As part of the Felon flight test program in fact the Su-57 bort number 058 blue took off without its canopy for a test sortie.
The test is called “cockpit habitability trial’ and is aimed to test the emergency escape procedure.
According to Scramble Magazine this Su-57 is part of Russian Air and Space Force (RuASF) 929th V.P. Chkalova State Flight Test Centre at Akhtubinsk air base (Russia).
30 years later BAE Systems told on Twitter:
“In 1988, our test pilot Keith Hartley flew at 500 knots in a Tornado aircraft with the canopy off, testing the emergency escape procedures of the jet; just one example of the lengths we go to test the safety of the planes we build for the RAF.”
Photo credit: Glass
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