Bulgarian Air Show: A Future President Handling a MiG-29 Fighter

Written by on November 15, 2016 in Bulgaria - 2 Comments

The former Major General Rumen Radev, who commanded Bulgaria’s Air Force, before he decided to become a presidential candidate, was busy at an air show in 2014. He took an aging MiG-29 for a spin, which did look impressive.

First he fired up the engines, applying thousands of pounds of thrust to the Russian-built fighter plane. Split seconds after taking off, he would go into a sharp left turn, which would have scared the shit out of any passenger. Then he performed several spins, before actually making the aircraft performing some kind of a ballet dance, and literally standing in the air for a moment.

After countless spins, loops and other dangerous looking manoeuvres (British spelling), he managed to put the MiG back on the ground. The fighter jet still looked fine. So did the pilot. Any other person, including the author of these lines, would have vomited during the entire flight, spilling his McChicken Menu (large), with french fries, all over his clothing.

As Radev got out of that steel bird, in order to be congratulated by President Rosen Plevneliev, with a hug, it seemed as if Radev had just become his son-in-law. Now, two years later, Rumen Radev is all set for becoming Plevneliev’s successor, in January of 2017.

It does seem unconventional, that an Air Force general would quit, just to be elected president a few weeks later, which is exactly what happened.

By Imanuel Marcus

Video: Bulgarian Air Force/Youtube

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