Soviet Air Force

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

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

2 years 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

2 years ago

In 1978 this Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 strayed into Soviet airspace. And a 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

2 years 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

2 years ago

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

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

2 years ago

The story of Adolf Tolkachev, the Phazotron Chief Designer Who Killed Soviet Aircraft Reputation and why the Su-27 proved to be a 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years ago

In the event of WWIII during the Cold War the Soviets would conduct a 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

2 years ago

The story of the low-level flight tactics devised to allow Soviet M-4 and 3M Bison bombers to penetrate NATO air defence system

Between January and August 1964, a research programme was held to investigate the possibility of maximum-range flights of Tu-95 and… Read More

3 years ago

Up to eight Cold War-Era MiG-23 Flogger fighter jets to be restored for flight in the US

Two Cold War-Era MiG-23 fighter jets have already been brought to a hangar near the East Texas Regional Airport to… Read More

3 years ago

The US Navy fighters that crashed while intercepting Tu-16 Badger reconnaissance aircraft

The Tu-16 Badger Developed to meet a Soviet Ministry of Defense requirement for a fast bomber that would counter the… Read More

3 years ago

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

‘Every flight ended with the same result: MiG-21 lost, although he had much higher thrust-to-weight ratio,’ Vladimir Kondaurov, Soviet pilot… Read More

3 years ago

MiG-25 Vs F-15: Here’s why, although less advanced than the Eagle, the Foxbat was faster than the F-15

The design of the MiG-25 was directed entirely at achieving high speed and high altitude. Conceived to intercept the North… Read More

3 years ago

Tu-160 Blackjack Vs B-1 Lancer: Copy or Not?

Sure enough, the Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack and the Rockwell International B-1 Lancer look quite similar at first glance. Sure enough,… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the formation of 75 Tu-16 Badger bombers that avoided collision after flying through thick clouds at 990ft during the May Day Parade in Red Square

The Tu-16 Badger bombers took off and began the circuitous route to Moscow, assuming close formation before the final turn… Read More

3 years ago