ZHUKOVSKY, Moscow region, August 21 (Itar-Tass) —— A Sukhoi Su-34 bomber opened the show flight program of the MAKS 2011 international aerospace show in Zhukovsky near Moscow on Sunday. The show started at noon sharp.
Aviasalon Deputy General Zanegin told reporters earlier that the show flight program might be cut due to bad weather. It was raining heavily in Zhukovsky in the morning.
Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet T-50 failed to take part in the show flight because of a right engine malfunction, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told Itar-Tass.
“The right engine malfunction occurred in preparations for the show flight. Pilot Sergei Bogdan stopped the takeoff run at the speed of about 100 kilometers per hour in compliance with the regulations,” the UAC said.
“A brief examination did not expose any damage of the jet and the engine. Further tests will be done to find the source of the malfunction,” the Corporation said.
Meanwhile, the world’s biggest passenger jet Airbus A380 presented its potential in Zhukovsky despite low clouds and the rain. The jet made a circle at a low altitude so that all visitors could see it.
An aerobatics team of four Yakovlev Yak-52 jets performed before the A380. A Beriyev Be-200 amphibious plane came next.