June 2 will celebrate 30 years since the first day or the flight of the first production of the Su-27. On this day in 1982 from the airfield of Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association. Yuri Gagarin (KnAAPO now comes in holding "Dry"), factory test pilot Gennady Matveenko for the first time raised to the sky first serial functional fighter Sou-27. He became a symbol of the end of the fighter aircraft of the XX century and gave rise to a whole family of planes: Sou-27SM, Su-27SK and Su-27SKM, Su-30MK, Su-30MK2, Su-35. Su-27 began to come into service in 1985. Made on the basis of his family modifications of various mission is now in service with the Russian Air Force and more than 30 countries around the world. A distinguished international magazine "Flight International" acknowledged the Su-27, one of the best combat aircraft of the last century.
To work on the Su-27 KNAAPO began in 1976, when still in full swing produced different versions of the previous generation of aircraft — the Su-17. Development of pilot production of the newest machines, the organization claimed its serial production of the aircraft factory workers and engineers complete challenging. New fighter differed in terms of design and technology from the Su-17, and the terms defined by the government for a production company to be very tight. Yet, as early as 1979 were cobpany first experienced the standards Sou-27 in the initial version of the assembly, and in 1981 — the first modern aircraft serial assembly.
Since the mid 80's. KNAAPO was the only enterprise of the Russian aircraft industry for the production of single versions of the Su-27. In 1992 — the upgraded multi-role fighters Su-27M. Since the end of the 90s the factory started production of new double options — the ship's combat training Su-27KUB and multipurpose Su-30MKK. At the current time in the shops Aircraft Manufacturing Association is a batch creation modern functional Su-35 fighters of the "4 + +".
Now aviation association develops creation promising aviation complex tactical aircraft fifth generation (PAK FA). Three experienced the standard of the aircraft are ground and flight tests in Zhukovsky near Moscow.