Soviet Air Force

The story of the Sukhoi Su-15 interceptor that rammed an Iranian Canadair CL-44 carrying smuggled weapons through Soviet Airspace

The story of the Sukhoi Su-15 interceptor that rammed an Iranian Canadair CL-44 carrying smuggled weapons through Soviet Airspace

The Su-15 fighter pilot gave the customary ‘follow me’ signals, but the big turboprop ignored them and started maneuvering dangerously,… Read More

2 months ago

Video shows Soviet Tu-16 Badger bomber Crashing Into Sea After Buzzing USS Essex Aircraft Carrier

The Tu-16 Badger made four passes over the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Essex, and on the last wing… Read More

5 months ago

Did you know that Soviet helicopter crews’ survival kit during invasion of Afghanistan featured an almost medieval kit with steel breastplate, greaves for the legs and vambraces on the arms?

Unsurprisingly, this almost medieval kit was immediately rejected as too hot, heavy and cumbersome. Advertise The Soviet Union's invasion of… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the Norwegian Air Force P-3 Orion that was damaged in collision with a Soviet Su-27 Flanker over the Barents Sea

Lt. (SG) Vasiliy Tsymbal manoeuvred Su-27 Flanker dangerously close to the P-3 Orion and the port fin struck the No.… Read More

8 months ago

Check out these pictures of Viktor Belenko’s defecting MiG-25 Foxbat buzzing Hakodate rooftops before landing at the city’s international airport

Soviet Lt. Viktor Belenko became an instant celebrity when he successfully defected to the West by flying his Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25… Read More

9 months ago

The mysteries behind KAL 007 shooting down: the night Soviet Su-15 fighters shot down Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 over Sakhalin Island

Even today, debate continues as to what the KAL Boeing 747 was doing for 2.5 hours in a place where… Read More

10 months ago

The story of the Soviet 3M Bison bombers that had to nuke Europe if the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated into World War III

This was the only occasion when 3M bombers on quick-reaction alert (QRA) duty actually sat armed with nuclear bombs, ready… Read More

11 months ago

Two Tu-160s staged flying display for US observers having the first close look at the Blackjack. But they had to fly with 3 engines because 1 engine failed on both aircraft.

US Air Force representatives who demanded an explanation were told that the Tu-160's engines had several operational modes, not all… Read More

12 months ago

The story of Mathias Rust, the German teenager who humiliated the Soviet War Machine by landing his Cessna 172 in Moscow’s Red Square

After Mathias Rust’s landing in Red Square, Muscovites joked the place was now Sheremetyevo 3, as Sheremetyevo 1 and 2… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the Soviet Su-9 pilots who were ordered to ram Powers’ U-2 (One of them claimed to have downed the U-2 with the wake of his jet by crossing in front of it!)

Su-9 pilot Anatoliy Nikolayevich Sakovich was ordered to scramble and intercept, even though his aircraft was carrying no missiles; yet,… Read More

1 year ago

In 1978 this Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 strayed into Soviet airspace. And Su-15 Flagon attacked it forcing the airliner to crash land.

Su-15 pilot Aleksandr I. Bosov fired a single R-98MR missile, reporting an explosion and saying that the target was losing… Read More

1 year ago

There Can Be Only One! How the Sukhoi OKB took over the Russian Aircraft Industry.

During negotiations with Post Soviet Russian President Yeltsin, the head of the then Sukhoi OKB managed to convince the Russian… Read More

1 year ago

World Famous MiGFlug company canceled all Jet Rides in Russia Due to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

“We removed all Russian flights as consequence about the War in Ukraine,” Philipp Schaer, MiGFlug founder. MiGFlug, the famous… Read More

1 year ago

The story of Adolf Tolkachev, the Phazotron Chief Designer Who Killed Soviet Aircraft Reputation and why the Su-27 proved to be Poor Air Superiority Fighter in Real Combat

In 1979, Adolf Georgievich Tolkachev, an electronics engineer who was working as one of the chief designers at the Phazotron… Read More

1 year ago

The MiG-29 Fulcrum: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Mainstay of the Ukrainian Air Force Fighter Fleet

With the news of the EU intending to donate old MiG-29s and Su-25s from different NATO-air forces to Ukraine, we… Read More

1 year ago

B-1B Bone Vs Tu-160 Blackjack: Equals or Not?

The Russian military and many of the world's top aviation experts believe that the combination of the Tu-160's performance and… Read More

1 year ago

In the event of WWIII during the Cold War the Soviets would conduct 3,000-Aircraft Strike against West Germany for three Times a Day, every Single Day of the Conflict

Essence of the V-FA's plan for fighting the NATO was a 1,000-aircraft strike down every of three major axes over… Read More

1 year ago