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While some have criticised the MiG-29 for its supposedly crude finish in places, there can be no doubt that its aerodynamic design is extremely advanced, giving unmatched low-speed and high-Alpha handling characteristics, which can be invaluable in a 'close-in' engagement. The electro-mechanical flight control system has no 'hard limits', allowing the pilot briefly to override pitch and g limiters when tactically necessary, by deliberately pulling through a stick stop to enter that area of the flight envelope where departure becomes progressively more likely. Ample aerodynamic warning is given before the aircraft departs. When it does, the MiG-29 is reluctant to spin and recovers when pro-spin controls are released. Sophisticated aileron/rudder interconnects gradually phase out aileron at increasing angles of attack.