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Video allegedly shows Ukrainian MiG-29 taking off seconds before Russian artillery strike at airfield

A screenshot from the video posted below. In the box: a file photo of a Ukrainian MiG-29 with pixel camouflage.

The video appears to date from the very early days of the Russian invasion.

A short video emerged online just a few days ago showing the Ukrainian countryside shelled by Russian artillery, with dense columns of smoke on the horizon. About halfway through the video, a MiG-29 appears to take off seconds before artillery hits the runway. Even though the video isn’t very high quality, the plane appears to be painted in Ukrainian Air Force pixel camouflage.

It hasn’t been possible to fully verify the video, but on closer inspection it appears to be authentic and not taken from video games as happened with some of the “Ghost of Kyiv” footage that emerged early on. of the Russian invasion. The exact date and location of the filming is unknown, but most sources seem to agree that it could have been recorded during the very first days of the Russian invasion due to the number of attacks on Ukrainian airfields during this period and the vegetation shown in the video.

It is also possible that the Fulcrum was not operating through an airfield but from a road, as many Ukrainian aircraft were dispersed away from the airfield to avoid destruction, and were scrambled to a new location as soon as artillery shells started hitting the area. This possibility is highly probable, as the Ukrainian Air Force often practiced the use of improvised forward-scattered landing pads.

In addition, the Fulcrum is designed with certain features to allow this type of operation. In fact, many Russian-built aircraft, such as the MiG-29, are fitted with a vented cover that lowers over their inlets at landing speeds to prevent foreign objects from being ingested into the engine when they operate from unimproved areas such as a highway or field. .

Stefano D’Urso is a freelance journalist and contributor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in industrial engineering, he is also studying for a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. Electronic warfare, vagrant ammunition and OSINT techniques applied to the world of military operations and current conflicts are among his areas of expertise.