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Video - Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet performs acrobatic landing

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Even for a seasoned fighter jet pilot, landing is always a delicate matter. The pilot of this Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet can testify to that. As seen in the video, after a smooth flight he prepares to land his combat aircraft at Komsomolsk-on-Amur (Russia), where the Su-35 assembly line is located. But the final approach is fast, perhaps just a little too fast, because as seen in this amateur video the pilot is at great pains to keep his plane's main landing gear parallel to the runway. The left and right wheels alternately touch the track, and its left wing even skims the tarmac. It looks as if he's on the verge of an accident.

Luckily, the pilot successfully manages to steady his aircraft, opening two parachutes to slow down its home straight on the runway and land safely.

The Su-35 (S) is a new generation combat aircraft developed in the early 2000s by the aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, which entered into service in 2011 with the Russian army. Since the beginning of the year four of these jets have also been delivered to China. The aircraft carries a 30mm cannon and has 12 hard points for air-to-air missiles, guided bombs, rockets or additional tanks. A pair of turbojet engines allows the multi-role fighter to reach a top speed of over 1,550 mph (2,500 km/h) and it has a range in excess of 2,200 miles (3,500 km).

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