Sukhoi Su-26

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Two Sukhoi Su-26Ms of the UK Red Bull Matadors
Role Aerobatic aircraft
National origin Soviet Union
Manufacturer Sukhoi
First flight June 1984
Developed into Sukhoi Su-29
Sukhoi Su-31
Su-26M at the St Catharines Wings and Wheels

The Sukhoi Su-26 is a single-seater aerobatic aircraft from the former Soviet Union, powered by a single radial reciprocating engine. The Su-26 has mid-mounted straight wings and fixed landing gear, the main gear mounted on a solid titanium arc.

The Su-26 made its first flight in June 1984, the original four having a two-bladed propeller. The production switched to the Su-26M, with refined tail surfaces and a German-made MTV-9 3-blade composite propeller. Further refinements were made, and the model won both the men's and women's team prizes at the 1986 World Aerobatics Championships. The modified Su-26M3 with the new M9F 320 kW (430 hp) engine dominated the 2003 and 2005 Aerobatic World Championships as well as the 2004 European Championships.

The Su-26 has fully metric instruments, except for the altimeter.[1]

Specifications (Su-26)[edit]

Sukhoi Su-26.svg

Data from Su-26, 29, 31 Specifications[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.827 m (22 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 2.89 m (9 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 11.83 m2 (127.3 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: root: Symmetrical 18% ; tip: Symmetrical 12%[3]
  • Empty weight: 700 kg (1,543 lb)
  • Gross weight: 790 kg (1,742 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 962 kg (2,121 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 270 kW (360 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed constant-speed propeller


  • Maximum speed: 450 km/h (280 mph, 240 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 295 km/h (183 mph, 159 kn)
  • Landing speed: 115 km/h (71 mph; 62 kn)
  • Range: 800 km (500 mi, 430 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
  • g limits: +12 (ultimate)
  • Rate of climb: 18 m/s (3,500 ft/min)

In popular culture[edit]

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover is a combat flight simulation video game mainly set in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Nevertheless, when the game was still under development, the Sukhoi Su-26 had been promised as a bonus flyable aircraft for all players, but was not included in the game upon release in March 2011.[4] It was finally included as downloadable content with the adjunction of the Steam patch 1.11.20362 on 19 October 2012.[5][6]

See also[edit]

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era


  1. ^ Popular Mechanics, May 1995, page 131
  2. ^ "Su-26, 29, 31 : Specifications". Sukhoi. Archived from the original on 14 April 2006. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  3. ^ Lednicer, David. "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  4. ^ C6 Hellcat and C6 Barda, "IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover, la préview. Bienvenue au mini test de la version "pré-béta" Euro de IL2 Cliffs of Dover", Checksix, 2 April 2011 (in French).
  5. ^ "IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Patch", Blue's News, 19 October 2012.
  6. ^ Donster, "IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Patch 1.11.20362 Released",, 19 October 2012.

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