Craziest, Weirdest, Coolest Soviet Airplanes Ever

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If you didn't get enough with the Typhoon closing on the Hercules, check this Sukhoi SU-27UB whizzing by just 4 feet above the runway. However, this isn't the most impressive thing flying at the Russian 2007 Air Show. Check out some of the strangest and coolest airplanes you will ever see, after the jump.

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This is the forward-swept wing Sukhoi SU-47 Bekrut, taking off from Zhukovsky Airport, where they celebrate the show. This airport is perfect for the event because it is located next to Lake Galendzhik. As you will see in the gallery, Russian designers have a special love for hydroplanes.

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@Karmageddon:

Okay man, the counter rotating propellers are to cancel out torque rotation (I believe that's the term). So, in other words, a helicopter with just one single propeller and no tail rotor will want to spin in the opposite direction in which the propeller is spinning. But, if you add another propeller on top of it, rotating in the opposite direction, then it cancels out and stabilizes the bird. Simple as that. No hopping motion, etc. Why two props instead of just traditional prop and boom? Because these counter-rotating prop birds tend to be pretty small and compact so they could be more easily stored in, say, small aircraft carriers, like, say the Minsk.