How high can the MiG-29 fly?
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?
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 kilometres. 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 Gurevich 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.
i am interested in the edge of space with 1st class trip to Moscow
I would really like to do one too.
I’m from Ksnya?? and would really like to fly to the edge of space, edge of heaven.
How can I book?
Will the stratosphere flights be available this year if so I would like to book one
Hi David – there is a good chance that stratosphere flights will be back later in 2020 or 2021. It is somewhat unpredictable, due to the paperwork involved. But there is good progress.
HOW MUCH TOTAL WEIGHT IN MIG
I want to fly a MiG 29 or similar, kindly give me more details with price
We will update you once Supersonic and Edge of Space Flights are available again Paresh. Likely, it won’t be in the MiG-29 though. Cheers, Philipp (MiGFlug)
what exactly is the reason the edge of space flights quit being offered? just heard about this type of flight a couple of days ago.
I want to go
Toooo space in a MiG
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I live in the USA and I think Russia makes the most beautiful fighter jets in the world. I “fly”in DCS and dream of doing the real thing once. Someday my dream is to come over and take one of these flights. I live through your videos until then. This is the most awesome service available to humans. Thank you for offering it.