iExplore Russia: MiG 29 Flight Programs

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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $16,600
  • Length: 3 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: Europe, Russia
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Tour Description

The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" is one of the most advanced jet fighters in Russian Air Force. It was designed for gaining and maintaining air-superiority. During your MiG-29 "Fulcrum" flight several aerobatics - from basic to advanced - will be performed. The level of difficulty depends on your state of health. Maneuvers such as Flying Inverted, the Hammer Head, the Roll, the Loop, the Low Level Pass and others will be executed. We offer two flight programs for the MiG-29 which differs in flight duration - either 25 minutes or 45 minutes.

Program of 25 minutes of Aerobatics is a subsonic flight, for 45 minutes program supersonic flight is included. The duration of the total Aerobatic package experience in the MiG-29 should last 3 hours but the memories stay all your life. The flight preparation procedure takes half an hour. You can talk with the pilot about the flight's program; have a blood-pressure check, put a special pressure-suit and a helmet with an oxygen mask. When ready, you will be ferried to the airfield for an inspection of your unique aircraft which is the envy of world's aircraft industry. You will check all control surfaces and mechanisms under the supervision of your pilot, and then he will give a detailed explanation of all the functions of all the cockpit's displays and instrumentation.

Once airborne and after reaching the maximum altitude, the MiG-29 "Fulcrum" fighter jet will descend to an altitude of between 5 and 6 km, and the pilot will begin performing his aerobatics. These high-altitude aerobatics can be performed a long distance from the Sokol Airbase but in case your friends MiGht like to watch the advanced aerobatics, with you on board, just as in an air show. You will be able to have constant communication with the pilot and may modify your program or severity of the aerobatics. G-forces range between 3G and 7G.

The Aerobatics flight is flexible and the pilot may adjust the program according to how you are feeling.

Itinerary

MiG-29 Aerobatic Experience

DAY 01 - ARRIVE MOSCOW, RUSSIA

On arrival in Moscow, you will be met by our English speaking company representative. The representative will help you to get to the hotel in one of our chauffer driven vehicles. On arrival, you will check-in to the luxury 5-star "Golden Ring Hotel." You will be given instructions about the tour program and given a mobile phone to contact us and then you will have free time to relax. Later, in the evening, we invite you have dinner in one of the best Russian restaurants in Moscow.

The five-star Golden Ring Hotel is located within the historical downtown of Moscow, opposite to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, just a short distance from the Kremlin museums and Red Square, close to many embassies, representative offices of foreign companies and the biggest International Exhibition Center. The Hotel accommodation facilities are amongst the best in Moscow. The Hotel has 293 rooms of different categories, including two luxurious Presidential Suites with the interior designed by Italian and Swiss decorators. Each room features a bed with an orthopedic mattress, a safe, a mini bar, satellite TV, an air conditioning and heating system, free Internet access via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and electric sockets that support all kinds of electronic equipment.

Golden Ring Hotel

DAY 02- MOSCOW- NIZHNY NOVGOROD

After Breakfast, you will check out from the hotel and we will have sightseeing tour of Moscow in our vehicle accompanied by our English speaking guide (or other language guide). You will be shown what we think are the most interesting places of interest.

After the excursion, you will have lunch at one of the top city restaurants and then you will be taken to the railway station and depart, by train, to Nizhny Novgorod (former city of Gorky) in a 1st-class carriage (16.42). You will arrive in Nizhny Novgorod at 2150, where you will be met by our English speaking interpreter who will help you to check in and settle into the city's best hotel, the Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel-4-star (or the Nikol Hotel-4-star). Later on, you will have the time for yourself and to anticipate the gripping flight to the Edge of Space or high performance aerobatics in Russian military fighter jet MiG-29.

Breakfast, Lunch

Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel or Nikol Hotel

DAY 03 - NIZHNY NOVGOROD

This day after a hotel breakfast, you will taken to the Nizhny Novgorod Sokol Aviation Plant where you will be prepared for the flight in a Russian military fighter-jet. A brief health examination, a meeting and conference with the fighter pilot, and your preflight briefing on the rules of conduct and safety measures during the flight. Then, you will change into a special high-altitude pressure suit (for the flight to the Edge of Space); you will be instructed on correct use of the oxygen mask during the flight. Then you are to be driven to the MiG-29 site. Once there, you will make a preflight inspection of the aircraft, together with the pilot and then taken to the cockpit. And finally, your long desired supersonic flight to the stratosphere or high performance aerobatics or both, depending on your selected program, actually starts.

On completion of the flight, you may take photographs with the pilot in front of the aircraft, you will receive a personal performance certificate of the flight onboard the MiG-29 fighter-jet.

Finally, you will visit the Sokol Plant's Aviation Museum.

After finishing all activities at Sokol and the MiG-29 flight, you will return to the hotel where you can take it easy from your adrenalin-filled day.

Following your tour, you will have an evening dinner in a Russian restaurant.

Breakfast, Dinner

Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel or Nikol Hotel

DAY 04 - NIZHNY NOVGOROD- MOSCOW

(Back-up day for the flight in MiG-29, in case of bad weather). You will have breakfast at the hotel and then check out, and you will be taken out for a guided tour of Nizhny Novgorod. Following the tour in Nizhny Novgorod, you will have lunch in one of the city's quality restaurants. Then you will be driven to the airport and depart for Moscow by plane. You will arrive in Moscow and our company representative will meet you at the airport and take you to the Golden Ring Hotel and check-in.

Breakfast, Lunch

Golden Ring Hotel

DAY 05 - MOSCOW- DEPART

After breakfast, you will check-out before 12.00. Our travel agency representative will escort you to the airport and help you to depart from Russia

Breakfast

4-day Program

DAY 01 - ARRIVE NIZHNY NOVGOROD

According to this program, you arrive directly in Nizhny Novgorod via Frankfurt or Vienna or the Russian city of Kaliningrad. You will be met by our company representative and escorted to city's best hotel the 4-star Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel (or the 4-star Nikol Hotel). Then you will have free time to relax.

Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel or Nikol Hotel

DAY 02- NIZHNY NOVGOROD

This day, after a hotel breakfast, you will be taken to the Nizhny Novgorod Sokol Aviation Plant where you will be prepared for your flight in a Russian military fighter-jet. A brief health examination, a meeting and conference with the fighter pilot, and your preflight briefing on the rules of conduct and safety measures during the flight. Then, you will change into a special high-altitude pressure suit (for the flight to the Edge of Space), you will be instructed on correct use of the oxygen mask during the flight. Then you are to be driven to the MiG-29 site. Once there, you will make a preflight inspection of the aircraft, together with the pilot and then taken to the cockpit. And finally, your long desired supersonic flight to the stratosphere or high performance aerobatics or both, depending on your selected program, actually starts.

On completion of the flight, you may take photographs with the pilot in front of the aircraft, you will receive a personal performance certificate of the flight onboard the MiG-29 fighter-jet.

Finally, you will visit the Sokol Plant's Aviation Museum.

After finishing all activities at Sokol and the MiG-29 flight, you will return to the hotel where you can take it easy from your adrenalin-filled day.

Following your tour, you will have an evening dinner in a Russian restaurant.

Breakfast, Dinner

Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel or Nikol Hotel

DAY 03 - NIZHNY NOVGORODM

This is a back-up day for the flight in MiG-29. You will have an overview tour around Nizhny Novgorod in the company of guide-translator and in a business class vehicle. Following your holidays in Russia you will eat out, in one of the local restaurants. Then you will have a rest and time for yourself.

Breakfast, Dinner

Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel or Nikol Hotel

DAY 04 - NIZHNY NOVGOROD- MOSCOW

You will check-out from the hotel (before 12.00). Then our company representative will escort you to Nizhny Novgorod International Airport from which you will depart from Russia.

Breakfast

Departures

Depart any day! Contact iExplore for details. Dates for this program usually book 3 to 5 months in advance so book early to avoid disappointment!

Pricing Information

2011 Prices:

Aerobatics over Nizhny Novgorod 3-days:

$16,600 including 25 minute flight.

$20,500 including 45 minute flight.

Aerobatics & Edge of Space- 3-days:

$24,000 including 45 minute flight.

Suborbital Space Training:

$25,200 including 45 minute flight.

Aerobatics over Moscow- 5-days:

$18,500 including 25 minute flight.

$21,700 including 45 minute flight.

Aerobatics & Edge of Space- 5-days:

$25,000 including 45 minute flight.

Suborbital training:

$26,300 including 45 minute flight.

Please note: we also have prices for non-flying guests sharing a room. Kindly ask your iExplore Adventure Consultant for information.

Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of March, 2011. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.

Inclusions, 5-day program:

 visa support (invitation documentation);

 preparation of official clearances to visit "Sokol" Aviation Plant and perform the flight onboard a jet fighter;

 flight training in simulator;

 reception at / departure from Moscow International airport and Nizhny Novgorod railway station;

 transfers in a business class vehicle between the airport and the hotel, railway station and the hotel;

 B&B accommodation in a standard suite at the 5-star Golden Ring in Moscow and 4-star Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel (or 4-star Nikol Hotel in Nizhny Novgorod;

 sightseeing tours of Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod;

 all transfers in business class vehicle during the tour provided for by the tour program;

 1st class railway tickets Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod;

 plane ticket Nizhny Novgorod - Moscow;

 lunches and dinners according to the tour program;

 preflight preparation at Sokol;

 MiG-29 flight depending on program;

 services of guide-translator (English, German, Spanish, French or Italian);

 photos with the pilot of the MiG-29;

 personal certificate on flight performance;

 visit of Sokol Plant Aviation Museum;

 insurance;

 Provision of mobile phone for the entire tour period.

Exclusions:

- International air and taxes.

- Meals other than those mentioned in the program.

- Cost of visa.

- Entrance fees not stated in the program.

- Gratuities.

- Items of a personal nature (beverages, phone calls, laundry etc.)

- Travel insurance.

- Holiday surcharges.

- Any/all items not specifically mentioned in the program.

Inclusions, 3-day program:

 visa support (invitation documentation);

 preparation of official clearances to visit "Sokol" Aviation Plant and perform the flight onboard a jet fighter;

 reception at/leaving from Nizhny Novgorod International Airport, Russia;

 transfers between the airport and the 4-star Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel or the 4-star Nikol Hotel;

 three nights B&B in a standard suite of Alexandrovsky Garden Hotel or Nikol;

 transfers in a business class vehicle between the hotel and "Sokol" Aviation Plant;

 preflight preparation at "Sokol" Aviation Plant;

 MiG-29 flight depending on program;

 services of guide/translator (English, German, Spanish, French or Italian);

 photos with the fighter pilot after the flight;

 personal certificate on flight performance onboard the fighter aircraft;

 sightseeing tour of Nizhny Novgorod;

 dinner in a Russian restaurant including transfer and the guide-translator;

 insurance;

 Provision of mobile phone for the all period of the tour.

Exclusions:

- International air and taxes.

- Meals other than those mentioned in the program.

- Cost of visa.

- Entrance fees not stated in the program.

- Gratuities.

- Items of a personal nature (beverages, phone calls, laundry etc.)

- Travel insurance.

- Holiday surcharges.

- Any/all items not specifically mentioned in the program.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Options and Extras

Tour Notes

Why is this program so expensive?

There are over 120 employees of Sokol Airbase involved in your flight- security, navigation, doctors, firefighters, technical staff, pilot, special laboratories etc., and between 3 and 5 tons of fuel are used for your flight. Your safety is our top priority and we will not minimize that for the sake of price.

Are cameras allowed at the Air Base?

No. Only the Sokol Airbase authorized camera man can film at the base. A DVD and photos will be available for purchase at Sokol after your flight.

Can my friends or family accompany me? Will it be interesting for them?

Of course they can come (please ask your iExplore Adventure Consultant for special pricing for non-flying participants) and it will be really interesting for them. They will see the private airshow with you in the cockpit- and just imagine their faces as you and the jet pass just under 10 meters above their heads!

Are there any other places in the world for such flights?

These flights are performed at only one place in the world- Sokol Airbase in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (450 kms from Moscow). Sokol Airbase in not only an airbase but the birthplace of the MiG-29, so you can be sure of a maximum level of safety and service.

How far in advance should I book?

Due to the processing time for a security clearance and to receive a pass to enter the restricted Sokol Airbase, you should book at least 60 days in advance.

Are there any age requirements?

To perform a flight you must be between ages 18 and 70.

What are the medical requirements to partake on a flight?

Good health is necessary, but in general no special requirements apply. The flights are, however, prohibited for persons with heart or back problems, or if you have had brain surgery. We recommend you visit your doctor prior.

What is involved on the day of the flight?

Preparation time is about 2 hours and includes a briefing with your pilot, a medical check, getting into a G-suit, technical and cockpit training.

Will I be able to have control of the MiG-29?

Your pilot will demonstrate all the main maneuvers and then you will hear "you can take control"! What a great moment! The legendary MiG-29 in your hands! Feel the power of this incredible jet in your hands.

What flight programs do you have available?

We have three main flight programs:

* Aerobatic flight (25 minutes)- a subsonic flight with all main maneuvers.

**Aerobatic flight (45 minutes)- a supersonic flight with strong aerobatic maneuvers.

*** Edge of Space + Aerobatics (55 minutes)- the best and most popular program, includes a flight to the stratosphere for 22 km and the strong aerobatics. This program is one of the top 10 worldwide adventures according to the World Touristic Association. See the dark sky, stars and the curvature of the earth in combination with real top-gun maneuvers!

Will I get sick during my flight?

Most likely not, provided you follow the simple guidelines. Less than 5% of people actually become ill during the flight. We ask that you avoid alcohol for 24 hours before the flight, eat light meals at your normal times on flight day and avoid anti-nausea medications as it tends to make one sick.