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Title: Mikhail Simonov dies aged 81
Post by: MontyB on 8 March 2011, 23:32:57
Designer of iconic Soviet Sukhoi fighter jet dies

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press – Fri Mar 4, 8:05 am ET
MOSCOW – Aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov, whose supremely maneuverable, heavily armed and far-flying Sukhoi fighter jet became an icon of the Soviet defense industry and a cash cow for post-communist Russia, died in Moscow on Friday after a long illness.
He was 81, the Sukhoi company said.
Developed to counter the U.S. F-15 fighter, Simonov's sleek twin-engined, twin-finned Su-27 joined the Soviet air force in the early 1980s and won respect in the West for its range of over 2,000 miles (3,500 kilometers), its impressive agility and its ability to fly at 2.35 times the speed of sound.

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