- A test pilot in Russia has flown the country’s new Su-57 fighter jet without its protective canopy.
- Footage of the test appears briefly in a video uploaded by Russia’s Ministry of Defense to YouTube.
- The test was likely to ensure there were no issues in case the canopy accidentally … went away.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense has dropped a new video that includes some very unusual flying. In the video, a pilot is flying Russia’s long-in-the-works Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet, known to NATO as the “Felon,” without the usual plexiglass cockpit canopy that protects him from the elements. The flight is likely taking place to ensure there are no unexpected issues flying the plane if the canopy were to suddenly come off.
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Here’s the video. The missing canopy shot is at the 1:10 mark, but the whole video is worth watching:
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The video celebrates the V.P. Chkalov State Flight Test Center’s 100th anniversary. The center tests new and upgraded Russian aircraft, as well as new weapon systems. The center is headquartered at Akhtubinsk airfield in Astrakhan, with departments at Astrakhan, Moscow and Saratov Regions, Kamchatka Peninsula, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Crimea. It also includes five proving grounds scattered across Russia and beyond.
The clip is only about three seconds long, but the pilot of the Su-57 is very clearly flying without his protective canopy. The canopy shields the pilot from the wind and bitterly cold temperatures of high-speed, high-altitude flight, as well as rain and inclement weather. The pilot appears to be wearing a very