Air Force Confirms Su-27 Flanker On Display At Dayton Museum Was Bought By USAF In 2011 | Aviation

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The Sukhoi Su-27 during the aircraft move from restoration to the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 25, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

More interesting details about the somewhat mysterious story of the Su-27UB Flanker C “61 Blue” are emerging: for the first time, the U.S. Air Force has revealed they bought the Sukhoi in 2011.

Last year, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, acquired a former Ukrainian Air Force Su-27UB Flanker C that has been restored and is currently on display in the Cold War Gallery of the museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Along with the another two-seat Su-27 (N131SU/31 blue), the Su-27UB Flanker C “61 Blue” (c/n 96310408027, f/n 05-02, built on Mar. 30 1988), now carrying civilian registration N132SU/”32 blue”, was built in 1989 and served first in the Soviet Navy and then the Ukrainian Air Force after the Soviet Union collapsed.

As explained in details in a previous story, the two aircraft were bought from the Ukrainian Government by a company called Terralliance Technologies to be used in a scheme to find oil and gas. Terralliance, that operated in the oil exploration business between 2004 and 2009, paid 22 million USD for the two jets, as well as more than 4 million USD for an option to purchase two others, and hired Pride Aircraft to disassemble the aircraft, put them back together once in the U.S., install western avionics and make them airworthy again.

Meridican Capital LLC provided financing and this is the reason why the aircraft was registered to the company.

The Su-27s never flew a mission…

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