The MiG-29 and Su-27 form the basis for the latest generation Soviet…whoops sorrys *cough* Russian fighters.
When I was growing up the jets were always enigmas to me. Needless to say, so much has changed since the end of the Cold War.
Any my first encounter with the Fulcrum was in Quincy, IL at the airport, Quincy Regional Airport (KUIN). The MiGs (among other types) are owned by a DOD contractor called Air-USA. I was attending college in Quincy at the time (GO HAWKS!)
First flight of the Fulcrum in Quincy is here:
I have not seen a Flanker first hand but one was delivered to Pride Aircraft at Rockford, IL (KRFD) a few years ago and sold to an unknown private civilian owner.
Here’s a Discovery Wings channel documentary on the development of the early versions Fulcrum and Flanker:
Nowadays I can swing a kitty cat and hit a Fulcrum. The used to be flown by the Luftwaffe, and the Polish AF so NATO fighter pilots have been pretty well exposed to the Fulcrum.
While even more common in export versions, the Flanker has a little less exposure to NATO fighter pilots and still remains somewhat of a mystery. Limited exposure has been granted to USAF pilots to the SU-30 variant from Indian Air Force participation in Red Flag and other exercises.