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The story of the Tupolev Tu-135 Mach 3 bomber, the Soviet XB-70 Valkyrie that never was

The story of the Tupolev Tu-135 Mach 3 bomber, the Soviet XB-70 Valkyrie that never was

The XB-70 Valkyrie The futuristic XB-70 was originally conceived in the 1950s as a high-altitude, nuclear strike bomber that could… Read More

2 weeks ago

The Soviet MiG-19 pilot shot down and killed by Soviet SAMs while he was trying to intercept the already destroyed Francis Gary Powers’ U-2

The downing of Francis Gary Powers' U-2 Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works, the original U-2A first… Read More

4 weeks ago

Anatoly Kvochur, test pilot who ejected 2 seconds Before the Crash of his MiG-29 and first to land a Fulcrum on American soil, passes away

Russian test pilot Anatoly Kvochur passes away Russian test pilot Anatoly Kvochur passed away on Apr. 15, 2024 following a… 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

3 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

4 months ago

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when he flew a solo intercept against a formation of 80 Soviet Tu-95 Bear and Tu-16 Badger Strategic Bombers off the UK Coast

The RAF Lightning The Lightning was the Royal Air Force’s first truly supersonic aircraft and its introduction immediately doubled maximum… 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

6 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

7 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

7 months ago

The story of the U-2 shot down that nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis into World War III

The U-2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works, the… Read More

7 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

8 months ago

The Totskoye Nuclear Exercise, the deadliest military exercise in history where Soviets dropped an atomic bomb on their own soldiers

Just few days before the exercise, the Tu-4 crew members were informed that they would not only drop a live… Read More

9 months ago

Legendary Stuka pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel recalls what it’s like to fly the Ju 87G, the tank busting Ju 87 fitted with 37 mm Cannons that allowed him to destroy 12 T-34s in one day

‘Because of the cannons the Ju 87 manoeuvrability is disadvantageously reduced and its landing speed is increased considerably. But now… Read More

10 months ago

The story of the Iraqi Tu-16 bomber that strafed Ramat David Israeli Air Force Base by means of its defensive barbettes during the Six-Day War

The Tu-16 was then hit by one of two missiles fired by two Mirages and attempted to escape in an… Read More

10 months ago

The story of the AIM-9 Sidewinder that Failed to Detonate, Got Embedded in a MiG-17 and was Reverse-Engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll

The MiG-17 made a safe landing, the Sidewinder was extracted and the Communists promptly rushed it to the USSR, where… Read More

10 months ago

Here’s how Soviets were able to publish this F-14 “booklet” for their top fighter pilots although Russia never received any (Iranian) Tomcat

No Iranian F-14 was ever ‘given’ to the Soviets No, no Iranian F-14 was ever ‘given’ to the Soviets. And no, the Soviets never… Read More

11 months ago