Watch a MiG-29 take off and immediately shoot up vertically into the sky

Wow, this is so cool. Here’s a MiG-29 fighter jet taking off from a runway and then immediately launching vertically into the sky. The takeoff looks completely normal and innocuous until the jet is a few feet off the ground and then it just zips up like it’s riding the world’s fastest invisible elevator.

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The MiG-29 can do this because as the video shows it has no payload and even in full load configuration (33,730 lbs) its thrust to weight ratio is still 1.08 due to the twin engines producing 18,300 lbs of thrust each. It will be able to sustain the climb until thinner air at higher altitudes where the thrust will decrease.