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SU-57

Mod Squirrel  2 months ago
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This is the SU-57. Probably one of my favourite aircraft next to the B-36, YF-23 and SU-35. The fact I’ve produced 3 “replicas” of it throughout the duration of using this game is testament to that. However, this replica is probably the best one I’ve made. It’s not much but I made an active effort to get it as close to real as my current skills would allow. I’ll be honest, I didn’t opt for accuracy on speed or agility. I mainly built this for aesthetics and to make it fun to fly, which it ticks both boxes for. However, I might come back to it and update it with realistic specs later.

A Bit of a Rant

The SU-57 is a “5th generation” aircraft. Which I appreciate is a controversial thing to say given a lot of self-proclaimed media “experts” seem to think it isn’t on the premise it’s not as stealthy as the F-22, amongst other things. Which I think is a bit of a hypocritical baseline on the premise the F-22 was less stealthy than the YF-23. To be clear, I’m not saying one I definitively better than the other.

The SU-57 uses radar absorbent material (composite materials) as well as a radar dissipating structure (through geometric shaping of the wings in relation to the tail, etc.) as opposed to just one or the other, it’s radar cross section is a fraction of its predecessor, it can carry internal weapons, is claimed to have data linking technology as well as other 5th generation aspects. No matter how you cut the cake, it undoubtably is objectively a stealth aircraft and one with capabilities that are in line with both the F-22 and F-35 (although to what scale is widely debated).

Media critics are quick to point out that the SU-57 cannot currently supercruise in its current state (new engines are set to be installed on them soon that will allow it to supercruise). For those that don’t know supercruise is the ability to fly at Mach 1 without afterburners. Anyway, the F-35 is also insufficient in this area. While it can supercruise, it can’t do it for long durations without damaging the engine. As a result, Lockheed Martin were cheeky enough to basically change the definition of what they classed as a 5th generation aircraft so it didn’t include supercruise capability, thus making the F-35 a viable 5th generation plane by their definition. Clearly someone forgot to tell some people about this change.

Another argument some make is that the SU-57 doesn’t have the same data linking capability of the F-35. My first issue with this is how reporters got a hold of such (most likely) classified information and secondly, the F-22 most likely doesn’t have the same capability either since it was developed a lot earlier.

In conclusion, to say the SU-57 is not a stealth plane simultaneously dethroning the F-22 and F-35 collectively from their 5th generation status.

rant over
I also may have made the same rant 3 years ago… But apparently it’s still an issue.

Controls

  • Activator 1 – 3D thrust vectoring
  • Activator 2 – Stunt mode (rapidly decelerates aircraft so you can perform cobra, etc. recommended throttle is about 30%)
  • Activator 3 – Weapons arming
  • Activator 4 – Drag chutes
  • Activator 5 – Afterburner
  • Activator 8 – Lights

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 4 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 51.6ft (15.7m)
  • Length 72.2ft (22.0m)
  • Height 16.4ft (5.0m)
  • Empty Weight 9,845lbs (4,465kg)
  • Loaded Weight 33,360lbs (15,132kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 8.487
  • Wing Loading 11.9lbs/ft2 (58.1kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 2,803.5ft2 (260.5m2)
  • Drag Points 2344

Parts

  • Number of Parts 289
  • Control Surfaces 6
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    @MasterCreeper I do build my own, although I don't really post them. I just really like @Squirrel's design type, it's really accurate but functional and if he made a complementary F-22 it would be really cool, that's all I'm saying bro XD. Also, you can chill with the patronizing tone, and most other F-22's on the website aren't to my liking, hence the tentative request.

    9 days ago
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    @jihyuna That's the beauty of Simple Planes. You can build them yourself or download them from creators wh already made them, I'm pretty sure you could find an F-22 and F-35 if you search for it.

    10 days ago
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    Amazing plane!

    14 days ago
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    37.6k Awsomur

    That was an epic rant. Also and epic plane.

    one month ago
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    @Squirrel great design, but I think you're missing a crucial component. An amazing F-22 or F-35 build to complement it. Need to dogfight the two, obviously ;)

    +3 one month ago
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    2,005 ViciousTNT

    I might as well just put three scratches on the tail, mount some pulse lasers and call myself Trigger

    +1 2 months ago
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    1,484 AJosh92FS

    The control surface's behaviour looks realistic for me. Awesome!

    2 months ago
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    7,400 Viper3000ad

    Very nice !

    2 months ago
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    405 Liensis

    @Squirrel I think he means the screenshots you made with it flying and the ones with blueprint drawings.

    2 months ago
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    Mod Squirrel

    @Chancey21 I didn't change any screenshots?

    2 months ago
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    50.1k Chancey21

    How did you change the screenshots after you uploaded it? @Squirrel

    2 months ago
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    7,679 Ariathe

    I loved the Su-57 when it was first revealed, and when they finished it in the new digital camouflage, I fell in love with it even more! This looks so well done!

    +1 2 months ago
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    480 Lambojuli

    You get an Upvote just for the pictures!! 😍

    +1 2 months ago
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    70.9k MAHADI

    so accurate design!

    +1 2 months ago
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    @Squirrel
    The E.E. Lightning was actually the first aircraft in history to super-cruise without A/B. The final variant of the Lightning, the F.6, was able to stand toe-to-toe with the F-15 Eagles of the time... at least before it runs out of fuel... ;)

    +5 2 months ago
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    Mod Squirrel

    @JohnnyBoythePilot I think the F-35 is a great airframe and they made the best out of an awkward design spec for it. It's not easy designing one aircraft with three roles in mind.
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    I must admit that I'm a bit cautious about the whole afterburner thing. For every action there's an equal and opposite reaction. Meaning if you need afterburner to get you sufficient thrust to get above a Mach number, then you need it to stay there too. I imagine they use afterburner to get to the supercruise speed quicker though as I imagine it would take a while to reach such a speed one the extra drag from transonic speeds starts to take hold.
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    There are actually a surprising number of aircraft that are capable of supercruise. I'm pretty sure the English Electric Lightning was capable of achieving supercruise, so while a great bonus to the aircraft, it's not as big of an achievement as it first appears to be (although that's still a big engineering achievement).
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    I think what you're thinking about with taxiing is using extra thrust to overcome rolling friction from the tires.

    +3 2 months ago
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    And while the F-35 is a fairly chubby plane, a lot of that wide body acts as a lifting surface. Martin Marietta, a company Lockheed merged with to form Lockheed Martin, experimented with wingless flying-body designs, so I wouldn't be surprised at all if LockMart incorporated lifting-body design ques in their F-22 and F-35 aircraft based off the research & data gained from Martin Marietta. The wide F-35 body is also due to it having weapon bays.

    2 months ago
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    @Squirrel
    I read the F-35 needs afterburner to reach Mach 1, but once it gets there, it will cruise at Mach 1 without A/B. I think the Eurofighter & Rafale are like that too. Think of it as an airplane starting to taxi; You apply quite a bit of power to get the plane moving, but once its moving, you can bring back the power since it won't take much to keep it moving. I think the F-22 is the only fighter in the world that can reach Mach 1 without A/B and stay there.

    2 months ago
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    Well, anything that looks good and can do the mission is a pass for me. I am still waiting for a prop fighter destroy a 4th gen aircraft

    +2 2 months ago
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    Kale!

    2 months ago
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    1,453 Syabil

    @Squirrel nice i like su57
    You make it mobile friendly

    +1 2 months ago
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    Mod Squirrel

    @Aeromen Also notice in this image how all the "flaps/ailerons" are pointing downwards. But yes, long story short the control surfaces do behave like that on the actual SU-57. With the exception of maybe the added aileron input for yaw. I just made that up to counter the added roll of by the rudder. Also, speaking of yaw, the SU-57 doesn't have a traditional air brake, it just squashes its rudders together to create extra drag.

    +2 2 months ago
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    Mod Squirrel

    @Aeromen If you're referring to the flap action, I put that in to counter the downward force of the flaps.
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    The elevators on the SU-57 aren't really just just standard elevators. Firstly, they're what is called an all moving tailplane, meaning the whole surface moves instead of just one tab from the horizontal stabiliser. They're also not just elevators, they're technically elevons meaning they act as ailerons as well as elevators. The Flaps/ailerons aren't single use either, they're called flaperons meaning that the control surface acts as both a flap and an aileron.
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    Here's a video showing the surfaces moving. When you look carefully you'll see that all the surfaces appear to be able to move independently from one another due to the fact that the control surfaces don't just have a single purpose. If you look at the "elevators" for example, you'll notice the far one moves up while the other one doesn't and vice versa.

    +2 2 months ago
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    ahh so this is what you've been flying around in multiplayer

    +1 2 months ago
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    20.9k Aeromen

    @Squirrel The elevators really move like that in the real plane?

    2 months ago
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