Can anyone identify this aircraft:enter image description here

This plane was used in a horrible skydiving attempt where the person in the back attempted to climb out but was unable. As a skydiver, this made me very uncomfortable. I am guessing there is a large tail on this aircraft that would have made exiting fatal. The full video is here:

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    $\begingroup$ You sure that video is not fake? $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2021 at 7:31
  • $\begingroup$ The plane appears to be real. $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2021 at 7:45
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    $\begingroup$ I guess I would just like to believe that no one would stick their hand into the engine intake of an airborne fighter jet ... $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2021 at 7:49
  • $\begingroup$ The camera wobble looks weird to me. A camera fixed to the wing shouldn't move around like that. But it could be a result of image stabilization $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2021 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ The camera could have been a 360 camera, but we're only seeing a narrow field of the view (which is kept pointing the same way relative to the horizon by stabilization). I've seen this done a lot with RC plane videos. $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2021 at 8:00

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That is an Aero L-29 Delfin

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Source: onespotter, photographer/copyright: Evgeniy Lebedev

  • $\begingroup$ Good job. I spent 40 minutes trying to identify it without any success! $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2021 at 7:57
  • $\begingroup$ @ThatCoolCoder I got lucky. My first guess was something similar to the hawker hunter. Then I noticed the Russian flag on the nose and the name Peaktopw (?). Putting "peaktopw jet" into google image search gave one image with a jet. This one :-) . The aircraft is part of the Reactors Jetteam (youtube.com/watch?v=VRndI5CVqNo) $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Jan 5, 2021 at 8:06
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    $\begingroup$ @DeltaLima: I'm not Russian, but the word 'peaktop' is 'reactor' written in Russian. P in cyrillic alphabet represents 'R' in latin alphabet. Also, 'K' is used for hard 'C' because in the cyrillic alphabet, 'C' is the equivalent of 'S'. The w at the end is I guess some representation of another cyrillic character which looks like 'bl'. That one is a bit tricky to explain, as it's not actually a letter. Look it up on wikipedia if you want to go down the rabbit hole :-). $\endgroup$
    – Gaston
    Jan 5, 2021 at 19:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Gaston thank you for the explanation. It makes sense to me now. Went down the Ы-hole this morning already :-) $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Jan 5, 2021 at 19:06
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    $\begingroup$ @Gaston the word is "реакторы" - "reactors" in English. The last letter is actually a real letter even with its own corresponding sound (unlike similarly looking "Ь"). In this particular case it makes a plural noun from a singular "реактор", similarly to "-s" in English. $\endgroup$ Jan 6, 2021 at 22:41

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