MiG-29 Flight Altitude

How high can the MiG-29 fly?

MiG-29 at the Edge of Space.
MiG-29 at the Edge of Space.

What is the maximum altitude the MiG-29 can fly? Currently, the MiG-29 reaches a guaranteed 17km during MiG-29 High Altitude Flights. Often it gets considerably higher, to 18 or 19km. It used to be 20km+. The lower altitude is due to the speed limitations of Mach 1.7, which used to be Mach 1.9. It is recommended to do the MiG-29 High Altitude Flights – or Edge of Space Flights – during the colder season, so October – April. We even recommend customers to go in winter, Nov-Feb.

Below you can find the long version trailer covering the MiGFlug MiG-29 Stratosphere Flight.

The maximum altitude reached by MiG-29

The MiG-29s service ceiling is 18,013 m (59,100 ft). We have been able to climb up to 23km during our stratosphere flights when it was still possible to fly at Mach 1.9.  How did we do that?

MiG-29 Stratosphere Flight profile
MiG-29 Stratosphere Flight profile

A nice photo by our videographer Artur shows the upper end of the current Edge of Space flight profile (click to enlarge).
1. Acceleration with full afterburner from a height of 12,000m at a speed of Mach 1.7-1.8 (at sea level 2222km/h or 1380 mph – at this altitude 1950 km/h or 1210 mph)
2. Set of the height
3. height = 18,000 m
4. reduction of height, return from the stratosphere

Ballistic Flight profile

So basically what the MiG-29 does is to accelerate and climb up with maximum speed from 12km and hence it was able to overshoot the service ceiling by several kilometers. Unfortunately these days we have to be more gentle to the jet engine, after the Russians had to change it recently.

By the way – the World Altitude Record of an Air Breathing Plane is held by Alexandr Fedotov and was done in a special record version of the Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-25 Foxbat, the E-266M. He climbed to 37,650m (123,520 ft) on August 31st, 1977. Until 2006, MiGFlug offered stratosphere flights in the MiG-25 Foxbat and was able to climb much higher, over 25km. Read more about that here.

How to fly MiG-29 without being a pilot

As most of the visitors to this blog probably know already, MiGFlug offers its customers the unique possibility to fly a range of incredible fighter jets without being a pilot.

First, let’s start with the booking process. Flying a MiG-29 is not as easy as booking MiGFlug’s other fighter jet flights since the MiG-29 is operated by Russia’s state owned Sokol plant – a manufactorer of the particular MiG-29UB two-seater you’ll be flying in. Below you can find the necessary steps to fly a MiG-29:

  1. Choose MiG-29 flight program (>90% do the Edge of Space flight)
  2. Send us completed questionnaire and passport scan. These will be sent to the Russian airbase who checks them. After all they want to make sure you are not a spy. Seriously, there is still quite a bit of Cold War atmosphere present.
  3. Let us know your flight date. MiG-29 flights take place Monday – Thursday, sometimes we can make an exception and fly on Fridays also – but it is closed on weekends. We have to start the process 60 days before the MiG-29 flight takes place – so make sure you don’t pick a flight date earlier than that.
  4. Payment. Full payment or at least a downpayment upon booking
  5. Travel arrangements and Visa. Our Russia specialist will contact you for travel arrangements, and to help with the visa process
  6. Sign T&Cs, Medical, Disclaimer, see doctor if in doubt
  7. Fly the MiG-29. You’ll be picked up from your hotel on the flight day by your interpreter and driven to the airbase
The object of desire: MiGFlug's MiG-29UB
The object of desire: MiGFlug’s MiG-29UB

MiG-29 flight programs and costs

To get an idea what options you have, we provide a table with MiG-29 flight costs as of 2017.

LocationFighter Jet TypeFlight programFlight DurationPrice
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumEdge of Space, Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€17,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumHigher Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€14,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumLower Aerobatics25min€12,500
To fly a MiG in Russia - these are the prices as of 2017

Learn more about the high altitude Edge of Space Flight in the MiG-29 here – for the “normal” Aerobatic flights in the MiG-29 here.

How much does a MiG-29 flight cost?

Fly a MiG in Russia – Price

MiG-29 Edge of Space flight - the tail of the Fulcrum
MiG-29 Edge of Space flight – the tail of the Fulcrum

How much does it cost to fly a real MiG in Russia? Customers looking for an answer to this question usually refer to the MiG-29 flight – although there are still customers asking for MiG-25 flights, MiG-31 flights or Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker flights. But as we wrote in a blog post about this topic, unfortunately these marvelous jets are no longer available for flights.

Anyway – the MiG-29 flights luckily still are, and here are the costs of flying a MiG-29 Fulcrum in Russia:

LocationFighter Jet TypeFlight programFlight DurationPrice
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumEdge of Space, Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€17,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumHigher Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€14,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumLower Aerobatics25min€12,500
To fly a MiG in Russia - these are the prices as of 2017

MiG-29 Flight in Russia – Speed and Altitude

Edge of Space Flight - photo from the Outside camera pioneered by MiGFlug and Videographer Artur Sarkisyan
Edge of Space Flight – photo from the Outside camera pioneered by MiGFlug and Videographer Artur Sarkisyan

What top speed and maximum altitude can I reach during the MiG-29 flight?

The MiG-29s maximum speed nowadays is limited to Mach 1.7 during the Edge of Space flight, since the engine had to get changed too often before. This is limiting the maximum altitude that can be reached. A second factor is the air temperature. When the air is cold the MiG-29 has more thrust, hence it can reach higher altitudes. This is why we recommend booking the Edge of Space flight in winter.

Flight programVmaxMax AltitudeMax G
Edge of Space, Aerobatics, SupersonicMach 1.7< 19km> 9g
Higher Aerobatics, SupersonicMach 1.212km> 9g
Lower AerobaticsMach 0.8 no supersonic5-7km> 9g
Top Speed, Altitude and max g forces reached during MiG-29 flights in Russia - depending on flight program

Now – these are the maximum figures reached during recent flights. Speed and altitude used to be higher (22km, Mach 1.9). And do not worry, we do not treat all customers with 9.2g, the record reached so far. Typically customers experience something like 7.5g – but this really depends on the customer and how well she or he is dealing with g-forces. Higher Altitude is limited at 12km since the customer only wears a normal g suit during the aerobatic flight programs. Above 12km, a high-altitude flight suit is needed. Learn more about MiG-29 flights and Edge of Space flights.

Fighter Jet Rides in Europe – an overview

Fighter Jet Rides in Europe

MiG-29 ready for takeoff
MiG-29 ready for takeoff

As we have shared in our recent overview of fighter jet locations – Europe has a wide selection and a broad variety of fighter jet flights for Civilians. Below is that table showing the Fighter Jet Rides in Europe, for all these who wonder: “Where in can I fly a fighter jet in Europe?”

LocationFighter Jet TypeFlight programFlight DurationPrice
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumEdge of Space, Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€17,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumHigher Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€14,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumLower Aerobatics25min€12,500
Hradec Kralove, Czech RepublicMiG-15 FagotAerobatics20min€2999
Paderborn, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€2600
Zweibruecken, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€2600
Zweibruecken, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€3800
Paris, FranceAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€2800
Riga, LatviaAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€1999
Riga, LatviaAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€2750
Reggio EmiliaMB-326Aerobatics30min€2450
Reggio EmiliaBAC Jet ProvostAerobatics30min€2450
Sliac, SlovakiaAero L-29 DelfinAerobatics20min€1499
Sion/St. Stephan SwitzerlandHawker HunterAerobatics25min€7500
Sion/St. Stephan SwitzerlandDe Havilland VampireAerobatics30min€4900
London, UKBAC StrikemasterAerobatics30min£1999
This Table lists all fighter jet rides available in Europe

Fighter Jet Rides Costs

Aero L-39 Albatros
Aero L-39 Albatros

Here is that same overview of the fighter jet flights available to tourists – this time sorted by costs – starting with the most affordable fighter jet flight:

LocationFighter Jet TypeFlight programFlight DurationPrice
Sliac, SlovakiaAero L-29 DelfinAerobatics20min€1499
Riga, LatviaAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€1999
London, UKBAC StrikemasterAerobatics30min£1999
Reggio EmiliaMB-326Aerobatics30min€2450
Reggio EmiliaBAC Jet ProvostAerobatics30min€2450
Paderborn, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€2600
Zweibruecken, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€2600
Riga, LatviaAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€2750
Paris, FranceAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€2800
Hradec Kralove, Czech RepublicMiG-15 FagotAerobatics20min€2999
Zweibruecken, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€3800
Sion/St. Stephan SwitzerlandDe Havilland VampireAerobatics30min€4900
Sion/St. Stephan SwitzerlandHawker HunterAerobatics25min€7500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumLower Aerobatics25min€12,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumHigher Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€14,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumEdge of Space, Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€17,500
This Table lists all fighter jet rides available in Europe, sorted by costs. It starts with the cheapest flight.

How do I book a fighter jet ride?

We recently published a handy overview of how the process of booking a fighter jet flight looks like – and it is surprisingly simple and straightforward. And thanks to MiGFlug being a nice company there is almost nothing you can do wrong. To book a flight or simply get more information about flying a fighter jet, please use our booking form or contact form. We are happy to help and to answer all your questions.

What fighter jet rides locations are available?

Since customers often contact us with the question about available fighter jet rides locations – we decided to write a short overview with the different greater regions fighter jet flights are offered from. This also covers another popular question: “How much does a fighter jet ride cost?” Below you find a nice overview over locations, fighter jet types and costs to fly the fighter jets – in 3 tables that cover the regions in which fighter jet rides are primarily offered these days: The US East Coast, the US West Coast and Europe.

A popular and affordable fighter jet - the Aero L-39 Albatros
A popular and affordable fighter jet – the Aero L-39 Albatros

Fighter Jet Rides East Coast

In the East Coast and close, the following fighter jet ride locations are currently available – including costs to fly a fighter jet:

LocationFighter Jet Type30min flight45min flight60min flightActive yes/no
Tampa FLAero L-39 Albatros$2399$2999$3499Yes
New York / CTAero L-39 Albatros$2399$2999$3499Yes
MichiganAero L-39 Albatros$2399$2999$3499Not Yet
Toronto, CanadaT-33$2399--Yes
This Table lists all fighter jet rides available from the US East Coast and close

Fighter Jet Rides West Coast

From the US West Coast and from Texas, the following fighter jet ride locations are available – including costs to fly a fighter jet:

LocationFighter Jet Type30min flight45min flight60min flightActive yes/no
Los Angeles, CaliforniaAero L-39 Albatros-$2999$3499Yes
Las VegasAero L-39 Albatros$2399$2999$3499No
Houston TXAero L-39 Albatros$2399$2999$3499Yes
This Table lists all fighter jet rides available from the US West Coast and close

Fighter Jet Rides in Europe

Europe has a wide selection of available fighter jet rides. The following Jet and locations are available as of 2017 – including costs to fly the jets:

LocationFighter Jet TypeFlight programFlight DurationPrice
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumEdge of Space, Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€17,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumHigher Aerobatics, Supersonic45min€14,500
Nizhny Novgorod, RussiaMiG-29 FulcrumLower Aerobatics25min€12,500
Hradec Kralove, Czech RepublicMiG-15 FagotAerobatics20min€2999
Paderborn, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€2600
Zweibruecken, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€2600
Zweibruecken, GermanyAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€3800
Paris, FranceAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€2800
Riga, LatviaAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics20min€1999
Riga, LatviaAero L-39 AlbatrosAerobatics30min€2750
Reggio EmiliaMB-326Aerobatics30min€2450
Reggio EmiliaBAC Jet ProvostAerobatics30min€2450
Sliac, SlovakiaAero L-29 DelfinAerobatics20min€1499
Sion/St. Stephan SwitzerlandHawker HunterAerobatics25min€7500
Sion/St. Stephan SwitzerlandDe Havilland VampireAerobatics30min€4900
London, UKBAC StrikemasterAerobatics30min£1999
This Table lists all fighter jet rides available in Europe

Nizhny Novgorod is 50min East of Moscow, and still belongs to the European part of Russia.

MiG-29 at the Edge of Space.
MiG-29 at the Edge of Space.

If you’d like to learn more about the fighter jets we offere, have a look on our fighter jet overview. You can also find the overview over all jets and locations in our booking form. Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

How do I book a Fighter Jet Flight?

How can I fly in a Fighter Jet?

Since we regularly have customers not sure how to book a fighter jet flight and afraid they do something wrong – we decided to provide a short overview with the fighter jet flight booking process.

First of all – let us start with what we tell customers again and again on the phone: You can’t do anything wrong, MiGFlug is a nice company. Whatever changes you might want to do to your booking later on, it will be possible – and free of charge. So, let us start with the classic way to book a fighter jet flights. This is for a customer who books a fighter jet flight for himself. These are the steps.

How do I buy a Fighter Jet Flight for myself?

  1. Choose an offer depending on favorite fighter jet or location. we are happy to help finding the best offer for you – so why not give us a call as a first step? We have a wide variety of jets with different strengths and price tags. A good start is also the overview of our jets. You can change the location later on (for price differences between jets you either have to pay the difference or get a refund – or a free video, longer flight duration etc).
  2. Define the flight date. When you know the jet, location – define a flight date (of you know it already)
  3. Book your fighter jet flight by using Credit Card or Bank Wire Transfer. Currently we accept Visa and Mastercard. Most flights, especially those in the US, can be booked by making a downpayment. The remainder can be paid on the day of the flight. The fighter jet flight can be booked here.
  4. Receive all necessary information to prepare the flight. That includes the predefined date and time (from 2.), directions, your pilot’s contact details, nearby hotel recommendations, and important information to prepare the flight. So you’ll know what to wear, what to eat before the flight etc. At the same time, the pilot will receive your details also, so he can contact you in case of a bad weather forecast.
  5. Sign T&Cs, Medical, Disclaimer, see doctor if in doubt
  6. Enjoy your flight in a real fighter jet!

A second very popular option is to book the fighter jet flight as a gift for someone else. Now – this can be booked exactly the way described above if you want it for a certain flight date – for example for the Birthday of the lucky giftee. But often these jet flight experience gifts are booked open date, and with a voucher.  That’s possible, and below we have written down the usual “fighter jet as a gift” buying process.

How do I book a Fighter Jet Flight as a Gift?

  1. Choose an offer depending on favorite fighter jet or location*
  2. Buy the flight gift certificate
  3. You’ll get the gift voucher right away upon booking
  4. Either you or the giftee contacts us to set up a date or get more information
  5. Receive all necessary information to prepare the flight
  6. Giftee signs T&Cs, Medical, Disclaimer, see doctor if in doubt
  7. Giftee enjoys the flight in a real fighter jet!

* everything is flexible, and there is for example the option to book a voucher that is for all US locations – or a value voucher can also be done. If you want to change it later on and choose another location, no problem. We just have to take care of the price difference, if there is any.

And this is how a happy giftee looks like. Be assured that this is the best gift experience ever.
And this is how a happy giftee looks like. Be assured that this is the best gift experience ever.

Please note, the gift voucher is not an actual value voucher and won’t be collected on the day of the flight. It’s simply that you have sth to present. You can also create a personal voucher, we are happy to provide stunning photos and videos for that purpose, free of charge.

If course the second option is also available for non-gifts who do not know the flight date yet.

A special case are the MiG-29 flights in Russia. Operated by a Russian state company, everything is a bit more complicated here (are you surprised?).

How do I book a MiG-29 Flight?

The MiG-29 flights is a bit more complicated to set up.  We therefore moved the MiG-29 booking process to a page. Here you can learn how to book your MiG-29 flight. Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

MiG-29 Edge of Space Flight 360°

The first Edge of Space 360° video is here!

Another crazy project has been achieved. Another camera mounted to the MiG-29’s vertical stabilizers. And it has to stay there despite the crazy G-Forces and speeds during the Edge of Space Flight in the MiG-29 Fulcrum.  This time it is – in addition to the multiangle camera package – a 360° camera. When you turn you can actually see the multiangle camera:

Multiangle camera package at the Edge of Space
Multiangle camera package at the Edge of Space

 

Long story short – here is the result:

The 360° is best to be watched with a VR headset – but it’s also fun with the Youtube app on a smartphone.

Artur Sarkisyan with another MiG-29 video

This video has also been made possible by Russian aviation star videographer Artur Sarkisyan. We already made the multiangle idea possible with him, the camera that can be seen in the image above. Hi also regularly does amazing projects with the Russian knights and Strizhy.

And here is how the camera is mounted to the MiG-29’s vertical stabilizers – and stays there at a top speed of almost twice the speed of sound:

MiG-29 vertical stabilizer with 360° camera
MiG-29 vertical stabilizer with 360° camera

 

Coming soon: Supersonic flights in the MiG-23 Beast

Exclusively at MiGFlug – MiG-23 flights

A truly badass beast is available for supersonic flights soon at MiGFlug – the Mikoyan MiG-23 Flogger. Heavy, fast, mean looking and it comes with swept-wings – like the F-14 Tomcat. But the MiG-23 is generally counted to the 3rd generation of fighter jets, whereas the Grumman F-14 Tomcat is generally refered to as a 4th generation fighter jet.

Below you can see the video we edited from the first flights the MiG-23 did.

Edge of Space Flights are planned

Currently, supersonic flights as well as Edge of Space Flights are only available in Russia – more information here. For many potential customers going to Russia is not an option. This is especially the case for North American customers. We try everything to change that and close that gap.

A big step has been taken towards the second supersonic aircraft for non-military pilot, worldwide. We are still not there yet since it is a long and complicated process. We hope that we can start doing flights in 2017 or 2018. But let’s face it – it is also possible that flights with customers will never take place. So we have to remain patient and hope for the best.

The MiG-23 supersonic flight - an incredible flight in an incredibly beast.
The MiG-23 supersonic flight – an incredible flight in an incredibly beast.

It is a MiG-23 UB – whereas UB is the two seater version. The Mikoyan MiG-23 Flogger was a variable-geometry fighter jet/interceptor and fighter bomber with a top speed of Mach 2.32, or 2,445km/h. It belongs to the 3rd generation of fighter aircraft and was built to replace the MiG-21 Fishbed. More than 5000 aircraft have been produced, and the MiG-23 is still in service in Angola, Cuba, DR Congo, Kazakhstan, Libya, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe. Former operators include Russia (who still has 500 in reserve) and Germany, who inherited 63 MiG-23’s in different variants from the East German Air Force after unification.

MiG-23 - Edge of Space flights are planned!
MiG-23 – Edge of Space flights are planned!

The one shown in the video and on the photos is former Czechoslovak and Czech Air Force and was based at Air Base Česke Budějovice. This is where the famous Budweiser beer is coming from.

Want to be on the waiting list?

If you are interested, let us know. We’ll happily add you to the waiting list for the supersonic MiG-23 flight. Here is the contact form.

Customer satisfaction 100%

Ratings like North Korean dictators

With the small difference that our ratings are real (and we didn’t force customers to reply in a certain way!). Also, let us assure that none of our customers ended up in a prison camp so far.

How did the aircraft look like?

First – what did they think about the aircraft? What appearance did it have? 100% Voted that they completely agree that the aircraft looked well maintained and in good shape.

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Next question – the pilot

So the aircraft convinced the customers 100% (we hope so!) – next: The pilot. Again – all of the last respondents say that the pilot was competent and that they felt safe.

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And how was the flight?

Next question – the flight. Again – 100% completely agree that the flight was thrilling. An amazing result.survey-iv

 

100% satisfaction – what a nice feedback

Note – there is also a “somewhat agree” option that not a single customer who completed the survey chose. Not a single one!
So all the flight-specific results literally couldn’t be better. We also asked questions about the website, usability, the facilities, the information received beforehand. On those the results were not 100% “completely agree”, which absolutely makes sense. There are some difficulties there:

  • Our current CRM system does not work well with Microsoft’s old Explorer Browser, which is still used especially mainly by older customers
  • Usability on the websites can always be improved. And and not all customers love what you present them. In the beginning changes are often disapproved before customers accept it over time.
  • We are sometimes not available by phone (people call us from all over the world!)
  • There are some questions we simply can’t or don’t want to answer. So sorry for all the curious guys: We will totally answer what you need to know to book a flight. And more. But not the secret sauce 🙂
  • Then there are some customers who just want to do everything by phone or even snail mail. Snail mail is usually not our thing. We are a fast company in what ever we do 🙂
    And explaining directions and instructions to prepare the flight by phone is just a bit annoying sometimes. So here we clash a bit with older customers and tech haters (who probably don’t read this and hence can’t be offended). Sometimes we got asked if we can print our website and send to them. 😀

Anyway – also for all those questions we got “completely agree” well above 80%, usually close to 90% – and a combined “completely agree” and “somewhat agree” of 95% – 98%, which is still very very good.

A big thank you to all customers

This result really motivates us – and most of the aforementioned problems are being addressed already. We constantly try to improve the customer experience throughout the whole process.

Thanks to all customers who took part in the survey!

Jaw Dropping Edge of Space Flight of Fitness Model Pauline

Fitness Queen Pauline – Stratosphere Flight

We recently had the honour to welcome fitness model and Entrepreneur Pauline Nordin in one of our fighter jets – again! She already flew the Aero L-39 Albatros in California with MiGFlug. This time, she went for the big one – the MiG-29 Edge of Space Flight in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Watch her in the only supersonic aircraft currently available, worldwide!

And obviously she loved the flight. When a fan asked her in a Q&A session about the MiG-29 Edge of Space experience, she said: […] it’s like a non-sexual orgasm”:

Further she described it as the best 3 days of her life. She also really loved Moscow by the way. And crazy as she is, she plans to come back for another MiG-29 flight soon!

Fitness queen Pauline Nording hugging her pilot after the flight
Fitness queen Pauline Nordin hugging her pilot after the flight

Here is the long version of Paulin Nordin’s flight video:

As you can see – this video has been up a while and already went viral.

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