“Test Pilots Team”
The “Test Pilots” were the Russian Air Force aerobatic display team which was established in early 1990’s from the Gromov’s Flying Research Institute at the Zhukovsky airfield. The team typically flew two Su-27 fighters. During its existence, the team also flew the Su-30. In addition, at some airshows, only one of the team’s aircraft would perform. The aircraft were painted in a white, blue and red color scheme (called parrot) and used white smoke generators. This was also the Russian aerobatic team that most often visited foreign airshows.
Under command of test-pilot Anatoly Kvochur an aerobatic team was created, named Test Pilots Team (active 1992-1996). These aircraft have no military installations and underwings hardpoints were removed.
Aircraft used in this aerobatic team are Su-27P (595), Su-27PU (596), Su-27PU (597) and later Su-27PD (598). Two Su-27PU (596 and 597) it’s a first and second serial heavy interceptor figher Su-30, produced in Irkutsk in 1992-1993. In total eight aircraft were built: two for LII, 5 for Russian Air Force (54th IAP @ Savaslyeyka, numbers 50, 51, 52, 53, 54). One left in IAPO facilites (number 56) and later will be converted to Su-30MKI prototype with canard foreplanes. When in 1993 1st prototype of multirole Su-30M was built (for Russian air force), aircraft Su-27PU number 596 was converted to prototype called for export Su-30MK, with new painting and renumbered to 603.
Aircraft was presented in many air shows, for the first time in Chile (FIDAE 1994). To replace 596, Test Pilots team gets in 1994 aircraft Su-27PD number 598 (serial number 37-20). During the years 90s, all three aircraft of Test Pilots team were presented on air shows, often demonstrating air refueling.
In 1999 Su-27PD aircraft piloted by Kvochur fly over North Pole in research flight for test satellite navigation systems in Arctic, with Tu-95MS and Il-78.
In 2000 aircrafts Su-27P no. 595 and Su-27PU no. 597 were selected to deep upgrade demonstration-experimental projects. They are repainted in 2001 with new grey-blue scheme and gets numbers 595 and 02. Full military equipment was mounted, including OLS. Aircraft 595 is fitted out (01.2000) with developed by MMPP (Moskovskoye Mashinostoityelnoye Pryedpriyatye) Salutmodified engines AL-31FM1 with experimental TVC nozzles (with Klivt = Klimov vectored thrus, totally different from TVC-engines AL-31FP from Su-30MKI) and used to flight tests and refining of the modified engines.
Aircraft no. 02 become in 2000/2001 a second prototype of upgrade program Su-30KN (after well know prototype no. 302) and was presented to high command of Russian Air Force in 03.2001 at Zhukovskiy (also So-30KN no. 302 and Su-27UBM no. 20).
March 2006 Analoty Kvochur, probably most known Russian pilot after Victor Pugachov, demonstrated in China his excellent skills, flying about 2-3 meters above ground! In that time, number 02 was removed and original 597 restored.
Video : Analoty Kvochur low pass
Video : Анатолий Квочур – Пилотаж Су-27
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