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Sukhoi family fighter: 45 years in service

January 17, 2015, 16:30 UTC+3
45 years ago Su-24 made its first flight, on January 17
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Su-9 fighter, 1977
Su-9 fighter, 1977
Su-9 fighter, 1977
© Fotokhronika TASS/Oleg Porokhovnikov
Pilots near Su-15 fighter, supersonic interceptor developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s to replace Su-11 and Su-9
Pilots near Su-15 fighter, supersonic interceptor developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s to replace Su-11 and Su-9
Pilots near Su-15 fighter, supersonic interceptor developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s to replace Su-11 and Su-9
© Fotokhronika TASS/Oleg Porokhovnikov
Crew team of Su-17 during an emergency training, 1985
Crew team of Su-17 during an emergency training, 1985
Crew team of Su-17 during an emergency training, 1985
© Fotokhronika TASS/Anatoliy Rukhadze
Two Polish Air Force Su-22 jets at 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Two Polish Air Force Su-22 jets at 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Two Polish Air Force Su-22 jets at 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire, Great Britain
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Su-24 supersonic all-weather attack aircrafts
Su-24 supersonic all-weather attack aircrafts
Su-24 supersonic all-weather attack aircrafts
© TASS/Marina Lystseva
Su-34 fighter jet at an airfield in Novosibirsk
Su-34 fighter jet at an airfield in Novosibirsk
Su-34 fighter jet at an airfield in Novosibirsk
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Su-25SM fighter jets and crew members from Russia’s Eastern Military District air force unit at the Knevichi aerodrome
Su-25SM fighter jets and crew members from Russia’s Eastern Military District air force unit at the Knevichi aerodrome
Su-25SM fighter jets and crew members from Russia’s Eastern Military District air force unit at the Knevichi aerodrome
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
Chinese Su-27 Flanker fighter, 2007
Chinese Su-27 Flanker fighter, 2007
Chinese Su-27 Flanker fighter, 2007
© AP Photo/Department of Defense, Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen
Russian aerobatic team Russian Knights (Russkiye Vityazi) fly their Sukhoi SU-27 jet fighters during a local airshow in Pushkin military airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, 2012
Russian aerobatic team Russian Knights (Russkiye Vityazi) fly their Sukhoi SU-27 jet fighters during a local airshow in Pushkin military airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, 2012
Russian aerobatic team Russian Knights (Russkiye Vityazi) fly their Sukhoi SU-27 jet fighters during a local airshow in Pushkin military airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, 2012
© AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky
Su-30SM fighter jet before training flight at the air base of Eastern Military District
Su-30SM fighter jet before training flight at the air base of Eastern Military District
Su-30SM fighter jet before training flight at the air base of Eastern Military District
© ITAR-TASS/Evgeniy Epanchintsev
Su-33 multirole fighter jet approaching the deck of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Barents Sea, 2010
Su-33 multirole fighter jet approaching the deck of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Barents Sea, 2010
Su-33 multirole fighter jet approaching the deck of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Barents Sea, 2010
© ITAR-TASS/Lev Fedoseyev
Su-33 naval fighter jet on display at the MAKS-2007, the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow
Su-33 naval fighter jet on display at the MAKS-2007, the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow
Su-33 naval fighter jet on display at the MAKS-2007, the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Su-35 and Su-27 jets at the runway during the MAKS-2009 air show
Su-35 and Su-27 jets at the runway during the MAKS-2009 air show
Su-35 and Su-27 jets at the runway during the MAKS-2009 air show
© AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev
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Su-9 fighter, 1977
© Fotokhronika TASS/Oleg Porokhovnikov
Pilots near Su-15 fighter, supersonic interceptor developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s to replace Su-11 and Su-9
© Fotokhronika TASS/Oleg Porokhovnikov
Crew team of Su-17 during an emergency training, 1985
© Fotokhronika TASS/Anatoliy Rukhadze
Two Polish Air Force Su-22 jets at 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire, Great Britain
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Su-24 supersonic all-weather attack aircrafts
© TASS/Marina Lystseva
Su-34 fighter jet at an airfield in Novosibirsk
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Su-25SM fighter jets and crew members from Russia’s Eastern Military District air force unit at the Knevichi aerodrome
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
Chinese Su-27 Flanker fighter, 2007
© AP Photo/Department of Defense, Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen
Russian aerobatic team Russian Knights (Russkiye Vityazi) fly their Sukhoi SU-27 jet fighters during a local airshow in Pushkin military airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, 2012
© AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky
Su-30SM fighter jet before training flight at the air base of Eastern Military District
© ITAR-TASS/Evgeniy Epanchintsev
Su-33 multirole fighter jet approaching the deck of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Barents Sea, 2010
© ITAR-TASS/Lev Fedoseyev
Su-33 naval fighter jet on display at the MAKS-2007, the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Su-35 and Su-27 jets at the runway during the MAKS-2009 air show
© AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev

On January 17, 1970 Su-24 fighter jet made the first flight. It became the first Soviet attack aircraft able to cruise at supersonic speeds at low altitude. It remains in service until now and expected to be commissioned in 2020. Su-24 and other Sukhoi family fighters - in photo gallery by TASS.

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