Trabant Dressed as MIG-29 Fighter Jet in Germany Isn't Fooling Anybody

It's been quite a while since we last satisfied our quench for answering questions nobody asked and we're back on the topic with a Trabant-related tale, one that also involves the MIG-29 fighter jet.
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Photo: fatkiddown on Reddit
Aparently, over the past few years, car aficionados from all corners of the world have brought the Trabant back into the spotlights. You know, the budget contraption that made its debut in the late 1950s Eastern Germany.

And the one we want to show you today is dressed like a MIG-29. And, given the German MIG29s in the background, the contrast between these flying machines and the Trabant is startling and that's because the MIG-29 was a seriously capable weapon, one that served an important role for the Soviet Air Force.

The timing for this photo showing up on Reddit is also worth mentioning - the image showed up on the social network yesterday, while today the news on famous Russian aircraft designer Ivan Mikoyan, one of the minds behind the MIG-29, surfaced.

Aged 89, Mikoyan was still a MIG adviser, having spent most of his career as a top engineer for the corporation, which was founded by his uncle Artyom Mikoyan.

Returning to the Trabant, if its communist German birthplace isn't enough to convince you of the issue associated with this car, perhaps the review you'll find in the video below will.

This isn't an old drive of the car, as U.S. car journo Doug DeMuro took a Trabant for a spin earlier this month, gifting us with over nine minutes spent inhaling the two-stroke smoke of the thing.

Nevertheless, the recycled plastic-bodied vehicle isn't quite as awful as portrayed here. For one thing, it helped motorize many Eastern Europe countries, while the poor condition of the example being reviewed here does amplify its problems.

For instance, you can forget the 50 mph top speed mention. As far as I can tell from my one-time Trabant driving experience, a well-kept example will get over 60 mph on flat ground...

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