What is to be done with Russia’s once-formidable air force? If you’re a Hollywood film team, you use your CGI budget to hire a real Russian flight crew for a stunt. The aircraft pictured is one of the most advanced Sukhoi variants ever built, and they flew without a canopy.
Also, we learned that if you stick your fingers out going Mach 2.0, the air friction will super-heat your skin.
...and knowing is half the battle.