Articles on planes, pilots and events that shaped the history of the world aerobatics. ( Picture: World Cup Aerobatic Contest Paris)
Parallel to the development of the Su-29, the Sukhoi Design Office was beginning to work on the development of a new aerobatic single-seater, the Su-29T, later designated Su-31. The purpose of the development was to build a single-seater with a few improved features over the S-26, and it wasn't until June 22, 1992 that the prototype took off for the first time, under the control of Yurgis Kairys.
Ladislav Bezák, a 1960s Czechoslovakian aerobatic pilot, is known in the world of aerobatics for being the first pilot to win the first world aerobatic championship held in Bratislava in September of 1960, and for being the creator of one of the most amazing and innovative maneuvers of those times; a manuever which, to this day, continues to be utilized by the best Freestyle pilots: the Lomcovák.
In the movie ‘Top Gun’ fighter pilot ‘Iceman’ asked Maverick’ “Who’s the best pilot?” In October of 2013 the World Aerobatic Championship, or WAC, will be coming to America. Sherman/Dennison, Texas will host up to 100 of the world’s best pilots. Let’s look into the modern World Aerobatic Championship and see how it has developed through the years, going through two world wars in the process, to become what it is today.
On 14 October, 1905 the FAI, or Federation Aeronautique Internationale, was formed. Its job is to verify and catalog all aviation records, and set standards for those records. Modern World Aerobatic Championships, under the FAI, are considered to be those that have been held since 1960.
The Institute of Siberian Investigation (SibNIA), which is responsible for developing the first asymmetric adjustable nozzles for the Su-27UB-PS, has begun to work to improve the aerodynamics of the Su-26 in a significant way. They have managed to increase the controllability, thanks to the increase in the rudder deflection angle and equipping the wing with "Wing Fillets" (wing extensions in the wing root area).
At the beginning of World War I, Peter Nesterov was perhaps the most famous Russian pilot, who later thanks to his successful military career, became an ace and pride for Russian aviation.Only two years after he took his first flight, he performed the first "dead loop" in the history of aviation, being baptized later as "Nesterov’s Loop".For this feat, and for being an innovator of flight at that time, he is regarded as the founder of aerobatics.
In order to talk about the origins of aerobatics, we have to go back 90 years to the beginning of aviation, when the Wright Brothers succeeded in their first flight with Flyer I on December 17, 1903. Less than a year later on September 20, 1904, these same brothers accomplished the first aerobatic maneuver in the history of aviation, the 360 Degree Turn.