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Crazy Russian pilot flies 1,320mph stealth jet with no roof

Crazy Russian pilot flies 1,320mph stealth jet with no roof

Incredible footage has emerged of a Russian pilot flying a state-of-the-art fighter jet without a roof canopy.

The unnamed pilot is at the controls of a Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter, which is capable of flying at speeds up to Mach 2 (2,120 km/h; 1,320 mph).

The jet, known by NATO as the ‘Felon’, can carry advanced Kinzhal hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles. It features a plexiglass canopy covering the cockpit which – inexplicably – is clearly missing in the footage.

The three-second clip was released by bosses at Vladimir Putin’s defence ministry and has been spread around the internet.

It’s believed to have been removed as part of testing for emergency procedures should the aircraft run into trouble before a successful ejection. The pilot is wearing a special suit as protection against the freezing temperatures. And, presumably, a very secure helmet.

The pilot can clearly be seen flying without the canopy over the cockpit
The pilot can clearly be seen flying without the canopy over the cockpit
The Su-57 is Russia's first stealth fighter and is planned to be operational for the next 35 years
The Su-57 is Russia’s first stealth fighter and is planned to be operational for the next 35 years

Russian officials have not provided any context for the footage, which was shot above the Chkalov Test Centre at Akhtubinsk in Russia.

Experts have pointed out the footage also shows the fighter jet carrying a new modernised version of the Russian R-77-1 medium-range active-homing air-to-air missile.

The missile, also known by the designation Article 180, is shown on an external wing pylon WILL STEWART TEL: +79859989400 IMAGES ATTACHED VIDEO: https://youtu.be/bVVVhQupr2U AN extraordinary video shows a ???topless??? pilot flying Russia???s newest Su-57 stealth fighter - without the canopy on his cockpit. The windscreen remains in place on Vladimir Putin???s latest warplane, but the main part of the protective shield on the deadly 1,320 mph aircraft is missing. The bracing three-second footage was released by Russia???s defence ministry. The plexiglass canopy covering the top and sides of the cockpit prevents the pilot from freezing to death. It was likely missing as part of a test of emergency procedures should the aircraft get into trouble ahead of ejection. Analysts say the pilot is wearing a special outfit as protection against the cold. The ministry did not give details of the altitude, speed or purpose of the flight. One high-tech Sukhoi Su-57 in December spiralled from a height of five miles to crash near Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The warplane - also known as T-50-8 - is designed to carry the advanced Kinzhal hypersonic nuclear-capable missile which operates at ten times the speed of sound. The ???topless??? flight was from the Chkalov Flight Test Centre at Akhtubinsk, Astrakhan region. The Su-57, known to NATO as Felon, is also seen carrying new ???modernised??? variant of the Russian R-77-1 medium-range active-homing air-to-air missile, say observers. It is enabled to select targets even with hostile enemy jamming, claim the Russians. This is the first time the missile - also known by the designation Article 180 - has been seen in open source videos. ENDS
Experts have also spotted new missiles loaded onto the planes (Credits: Chkalov State Flight Test Center)

The Su-57 is in the final stages of testing and is planned to be operational from the mid-2020s.

It is the first Russian jet fighter with stealth capabilities and will succeed the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force.