Su-26, Su-26M, Su-26M2, Su-26MKh 'Suchok' by V.P.Kondratiev (Sukhoj KB)

44k photo of Su-26M Ever Changing Page maintained by Roy Cochrun;

A
erobatic aircraft, one of the first of the composite material, monoplane design aerobatic aircraft of the modern era. Su-26 is equipped by 3-blade propeller, driven by geared engine. Superior design quality allows aircraft of Su-26 family stay competitive for 14 years on extremely competitive and quickly progressing market of aerobatic planes.
On June 1984 Su-26 trainer/aerobatic aircraft first flown by Eugene Frolov.
August 1986 - Su-26M of the Russian team won the 1-st place of the world championship at Békéscsaba, Hungary. Since than Su-26M pilots won more than 150 medals on the World and European championships, including 90 golden.
February 1990 - export version Su-26MKh entered production.
Later models have strengthened airframe after series of flight accidents caused by breaking roots of the wing spars. Scrupulous investigation revealed increased capabilities of pilots, while aircraft perfectly corresponded to specifications. Some aerobatic pilots (even female!) were found capable to withstand -10+12g maneuvers without blackening out. And it was the construction limit of an airframe!
As a result, all recent Russian aerobatic planes are built with calculated maximum g-factor 22.5 and service g-factor 15;
More than 30 Su-26M fly in Russian clubs and 20 are in service all over the World;
Russian nickname 'Suchok' stays for bough, knot;
PredecessorsVariantsModifications
? Su-26M
Su-26MKh with wing external fuel tanks
Su-26M2 with smoke flight tracer and additional fuel tank;

Su-29

Su-31
Su-32 trainer
Su-39

ReferencesLinks
  • 'Beyond Possible' (in Russian);
  • Su-26M sport aerobatic plane (in Russian);
  • Irkutsk Aeroclub ROSTO
  • Sukhoj KB at WWW.AVIATION.RU
  • DOO Flightsimulator page by Oleg Devjatkin;
  • Sukhoi 26 'Tiger' Website
  • Yak to Sukhoj comparison
  • Technical data
    Type Su-26
    Function Aerobatic
    Year 1984
    Crew 1
    Engines 1*360hp Vedeneyev M-14P
    Length ?m
    Wingspan ?m
    Wing area ?m2
    Empty weight 680kg
    Loaded weight 835kg
    Wing load ?kg/m2
    Power load 2.33kg/hp
    Maximum Horizontal Speed 310km/h
    Speed Limit 450km/h
    G-limits +12/-10
    Roll rate 4000/sec
    Landing Speed 115km/h
    Landing Roll ?m ?sec
    Takeoff Roll ?m ?sec
    Range 800km
    Ceiling ?m
    Climb
    Rate at 0m 18m/sec
    1000m 1.0min
    Created December 10, 1996
    Modified January 11, 1999
    by Alexandre Savine;
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