Soviet Air Force

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

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

2 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

2 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

2 years ago

Israeli Mirage IIIs and Israeli F-4 Phantom IIs Vs Soviet MiG-21s: the day Israeli fighters ambushed Soviet Fishbeds over the Suez Canal

With everything in place, the front 4 Mirages turned around and thus the 12 Israelis sandwiched the 4 Soviet MiG-21s…… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the crazy wing-to-wing in-flight refueling procedure of the Soviet Tu-16 Badger medium bomber

There was a joke in the Soviet Air Force that you could identify the pilot of an in-flight refueling -capable… Read More

2 years ago

In Soviet Times the Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber established 78 world records officially recognised by the FAI

The Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack continued to establish records even after the fall of the Soviet Union. Developed as the answer… Read More

2 years ago

Soviets never received any (Iranian) Tomcat. But they published this F-14 “booklet” for their top fighter pilots.

The Soviets did not need to 'steal' or 'get' any Tomcats: obtaining quite good intel on the F-14 - from… Read More

3 years ago

During the I Karabakh War of 1992-1994 both Armenia and Azerbaijan claimed lots of ‘MiG-25’ shot downs. But most of jets were either L-39s or Su-25s

During the I Karabakh War both sides were claiming a lots of 'MiG-25s' as shot down - almost all by… Read More

3 years ago

A quick look at MiG-29’s World Records

The records were officially recognised by the FAI, substantiating the MiG-29's excellent reputation and potential of the Russian aerospace industry… Read More

4 years ago

The Unknown Story of the Soviet MiG-29 Aggressor Unit Tasked to Simulate USAF F-15 Fighters

Flying two sorties per day, the MiG-29 Aggressor pilots had to shoulder a high workload, and before long they no… Read More

4 years ago

Su-27 Pilot remembers Mock Dogfight He Had against NATO F-16s that were trying to Violate Russian Airspace

'I was all alone out over international waters and a good long way from the shore when a pair of… Read More

4 years ago

That time a Soviet Su-27 Flanker Collided with a Norwegian P-3 Orion over the Barents Sea

The Su-27 did gain special markings - one of the five 'kill' stars painted on the port side of the… Read More

4 years ago

Ivan Mikoyan, co-designer of the iconic MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jet, has passed away

Ivan Mikoyan received the USSR State Prize honor twice for developing the MiG-29 Ivan Mikoyan, nephew of Artem Mikoyan and… Read More

7 years ago