Retired US Air Force pilot Guy Raiser praised the MiG-29's fighting qualities. Reported by The National Interest.
In 2001, Raiser took part in tests of Soviet fighters in Poland. He and his colleagues trained Polish pilots who flew the MiG-29 after the republic joined NATO. Raiser managed to fly a Soviet fighter during one of the training flights.
According to the pilot, the plane was very maneuverable when needed, however, “it seemed to require a lot of fuel.” He also noted that the MiG-29 lacks flight range and situational awareness.
In February, The National Interest wrote that although the MiG-29 was the first Soviet fourth-generation light fighter, its many failures in a variety of conflicts have left the aircraft with a “terrible reputation.”