Extreme adventure - now you can touch the stars in your own fighter jet
Have you ever wanted to fly a real fighter jet? Today you can, although it will cost you a pretty penny. MiGFlug GmbH is a Zurich, Switzerland-based Aviation and Space Adventure company specialising in Fighter Jet Flights. It was founded in 2004, and as of 2015, offerings include jet trainer flights, supersonic flights, Edge of Space flights, zero gravity flights, and even suborbital Space flights.
Depending on the aircraft and location, spectacular low-passes above the airfield as well as supersonic flights are possible. However, MiG-29 Fulcrum Edge of Space Flight is probably ranking as one of the mightiest experience in the world. Depending on weather and temperature conditions, you can reach up to 20-22km altitude, though at least 17km is guaranteed. Only astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the ISS will fly higher at this point.
You will be able to clearly see the curvature of the earth. The atmosphere looks like a blue fog, covering the earth far below. Above you the sky turns very dark, sprinkled with numerous stars. An incredible view which only few people were able to enjoy so far. But how does the MiG-29 Fulcrum even climb to that altitude? After all the service ceiling of the legendary MiG-29 is significantly lower.
The answer is pretty simple - The MiG-29 is climbing to that Edge of Space flight altitude at supersonic speed and at a climb rate up to 330m/s - in a ballistic flight path. In other words, you are sitting in a flying cannon ball during your stratospheric MiG-29 flight. And the view you will enjoy at the peak of this flight is breathtaking - you will never forget this moment.
The Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum is currently the only plane available for supersonic flying with civilians. So if you plan to break the sound barrier - you either become a military pilot or the MiG-29 Fulcrum flight is waiting for you - there is no other alternative. The Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum is a modern air superiority fighter jet of the 4th generation - comparable to the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. But it is more powerful than Western counterparts and unbeatable in dog fights.
A German Air Force (Luftwaffe) colonel who was able to fly the MiG-29 after the reunification said, “that’s a rocket - as simple as that”. The fact that MiGFlug can offer flights in such advanced and powerful military jets is nothing short from fantastic. Even today - EU members like Croatia and Rumania still have the older MiG-21 as backbone of their air forces.
Edge of Space is not the only great experience that the company offers. Although most of us have given up the dream of becoming an astronaut a long time ago, you can fulfil the dream of weightlessness. A large transport aircraft IL-76 (Ilyushin) MDK flies multiple parabola, one after another, allowing the clients to experience real weightlessness. You can also fly privately or in groups to experience the state of weightlessness. It is the ultimate adventure - for company outings, unusual incentives, or a very special gift experience. A flight for a single person: will cost you €4.900, while book the whole aircraft stands at €49.000.
Overall, there is a wide range of military aircraft on offer, and you can experience all of them, depending upon your preferences and a price tag attached - MiG-15 Fagot, L-39 Albatros, L-29 Delfin, Hawker Hunter, Jet Provost, MiG-29 Fulcrum, or T-33 Shooting Star T-Bird are there at your service. For example, Edge of Space travel experience will cost you € 17,500 for a 50 minute flight.