Our good friends over at MiGFlug have done incredible work in gathering imagery and video footage from the various flights they offer, be it on high-altitude MiG-29 Fulcrum rides far above the altitudes of most military and civilian aircraft, to flying in the rear cockpit of an L-39 Albatros as part of the Baltic Bees jet demonstration team. And now, they’ve done an even cooler job than ever before with the debut of this awesome video which allows viewers (especially those with virtual reality devices like Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Gear VR, HTC Vive or Google’s Cardboard) to “fly” with the team during a demonstration flight.
360-degree videos of the sort have been all the rage this year, beginning with the US Navy’s Blue Angels releasing a video of their own featuring a flight in a two-seater Hornet during a pre-show practice flight. It’s an amazing sight to see, especially for those who might never get a chance to fly with such teams who push their aircraft to the very edge of the envelope to give spectators the thrill of a lifetime! But that’s not saying that’s it’s impossible to get a flight with a demonstration team…
That’s where MiGFlug comes in.
The Baltic Bees, formed in 2008, are one of the more recent members of the civilian air display community, active throughout Eastern Europe with Aero L-39 Albatrosses. The Albatros, originally a military trainer and later developed as a light attack aircraft as well, is actually a fairly nimble and responsive jet, which makes it very suitable towards tight-formation maneuvering. That’s why the Breitling Jet Team picked the L-39 as their primary show aircraft, and that’s also why the Baltic Bees fly them. Through MiGFlug, you can take a ride with the Baltic Bees in the back seat of an L-39, allowing you to experience something very few people have been able to experience throughout history – aerobatic formation flying.
Well, it’s either that or you join the military and hope to high heaven you’ll be able to make the roster of a demo team like the Blue Angels, Snowbirds, Thunderbirds or Red Arrows. MiGFlug also offers rides in a MiG-29 Fulcrum, as I mentioned earlier, a MiG-15 two-seater fighter/trainer, a T-33 Shooting Star, or “zero-g” (read: weightless) flights in a Boeing 727 or an Il-76 freighter. Now ain’t that something?
You can check out more about MiGFlug at the links below. Also be sure to watch their Edge of Space video in high definition featuring the MiG-29 Fulcrum, posted below.
MiGFlug: Jet Fighter Flights