Soviet Air Force

The Soviet Su-9 fighters flew better without pilot: the incidents where pilotless Fishpot-Bs landed on their own

The Soviet Su-9 fighters flew better without pilot: the incidents where pilotless Fishpot-Bs landed on their own

The Su-9 Fishpot The Su-9 Fishpot was a Soviet interceptor from the later 1950s until the late 1970s. It was… Read More

2 weeks ago

Tupolev Tu-16 Bomber Crew Member recalls the Training Mission where his Aircraft Dropped a Live Nuclear Bomb

Nuclear testing During the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, both the US and USSR resumed nuclear… Read More

4 weeks ago

The story of the famed photo of when a MiG-17 had a Tail Strike after completing a Loop during an Airshow (the Aircraft landed with very Minor Damage)

MiG-17 Tail Strike after completing a Loop Taken during a 1990 airshow in Harrison, Arkansas, the incredible photo in this… Read More

1 month ago

When Soviets faked a flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s to pretend they had a credible fleet of bombers, the US built thousands of B-47 and B-52 bombers and hundreds of KC-135s for real

Soviet strategic bombers Strategic bombing had proved decisive in helping the Western allies bring Nazi Germany to its knees during… Read More

2 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls the mission where a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat fired a missile at his Blackbird

The MiG-25 Foxbat In the late 1960s, the USSR revealed the existence of the aircraft that appeared to be the… Read More

2 months ago

The Story of the Soviet Pilot who defected to Turkey flying a MiG-29 Fulcrum

The Soviet Pilot who defected to Turkey flying a MiG-29 Fulcrum The interesting clip in this post tells the story… Read More

2 months ago

The story of the USAF RB-66 shot down by Soviet MiG-19s after it strayed into East German airspace

The hottest 'battlefield' of the Cold War Divided in two for decades between the late 1940s and early 1990s, Germany… Read More

4 months ago

The PIROG 5 Incident: when a Su-15 Interceptor shot down a Swedish high-altitude research balloon that floated into Soviet Airspace

Combating aerostats that floated into Soviet Airspace Arguably, the vast majority of professional military aviation researchers, as well as amateur… Read More

4 months ago

The story of the Soviet MiG-21 pilot that rammed an Iranian RF-4C with mixed USAF – IIAF crew flying a clandestine operation inside the USSR

PVO, the Soviet Air Defence Force In the 1950s the Soviets had managed to grow a major Air Defence Force… Read More

4 months ago

Viktor Belenko, Who Defected to the West in a MiG-25 Foxbat Jet Fighter, has passed away

Viktor Belenko Viktor Belenko, the former Soviet Air Defence Forces pilot who defected to the West in 1976 in a… Read More

5 months ago

Soviet Pilot who test flew captured Tiger against Fishbed and Flogger tells why the F-5 beat the MiG-21 and MiG-23 in every engagement

The F-5 featured in the pictures of this article is not a faux “MiG-28” from Top Gun but a captured F-5E and… Read More

5 months ago

One F9F Vs Six MiG-15s: the legendary dogfight that made Royce Williams the top-scoring Naval Aviator of the Korean War

Royce Williams and his epic, 15-minute dogfight. On Nov. 18, 1952 an epic, 15-minute dogfight involving three F9F-5s and seven… Read More

5 months ago

The night 13 MiG-17 fighters failed to shoot down an RB-47 flying a recce mission 1,000 kilometres into Soviet Airspace

The RB-47 During the early part of the Cold War, the US Air Force needed an aircraft to gather information… Read More

5 months ago

Here’s why the Tu-16 wing-to-wing in-flight refueling system took a heavy toll on Badger crews’ nerves

The Tu-16 Badger The establishment of NATO posed the need for the Soviet war machine to create a fast jet… Read More

5 months ago

The story of Anatoliy Kvochur, the MiG-29 Pilot who Ejected Two Seconds Before the Crash of his Fulcrum. He survived although he ejected outside the seat’s envelope.

The MiG-29 The MiG-29 was designed in response to a new generation of American fighters, which included the F-15 and… Read More

6 months ago

These photos of Viktor Belenko’s defecting MiG-25 buzzing Hakodate rooftops prove that reaching Japan was easy but landing the Foxbat was difficult. Here’s why.

For Senior Lieutenant Viktor Belenko’s defecting MiG-25 Foxbat reaching Japan proved to be the easy part, as touching down on… Read More

7 months ago