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Dogfights

Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.

F-15A Baz versus the MiG-25 - Trap from a textbook

The USSR developed a powerful MiG-25 fighter aircraft in the late 1960s. This aircraft was not originally to be exported, but after Lieutenant Viktor Belenko flew with one MiG-25P to the base of Hakodate in Japan, there was nothing to hide. The aircraft was released for export. Thus, although there was never a conflict between the great powers, the MiG-25 had the opportunity to fight, over Lebanon, with its counterpart, the American F-15. Although both aircraft flew under the insignia of other countries.

F3D-2N versus MiG-15 - the controversial fight

Most Western publications state that the first night duel and the downing of jet fighters took place during the fighting in Korea, specifically on November 3, 1952. The other side, on the other hand, clearly denies the downing. A comparison of the available data reveals a number of ambiguities, which make this event a relatively controversial issue.

Lockheed U-2 - Legendary spy

The U-2 has been flying since the mid-1950s. Although it will celebrate half a century since its first take-off next year, it is not yet going to "retire". The reason is simple. Although obsolete in the age of satellites, the construction from the last century may seem obsolete, the truth remains that the aircraft is a reliable platform for many reconnaissance systems. It is much more operative and cheaper against satellites.

MiG-1: When the cat is not home ...

In the early 1930s, representatives of the Soviet Air Force were satisfied. Modern I-15 fighter biplanes came into service, soon followed by the revolutionary I-16 monoplane with a retractable landing gear. The head of the design office, Nikolai Polikarpov, rightly enjoyed the reputation of the " king of fighters ." Then came the war in Spain and everything was different.

MiG-23 / Boxes / Part 1

History of service of the first Mig series aircraft with variable wing geometry in the Czechoslovak and Czech air forces.

MiG-23 / Boxes / Part 1

History of service of the first Mig series aircraft with variable wing geometry in the Czechoslovak and Czech air forces.

MiG-23 / Boxes / Part 1

History of service of the first Mig series aircraft with variable wing geometry in the Czechoslovak and Czech air forces.

MiG-23 / Boxes / Part 2

History of service of the first Mig series aircraft with variable wing geometry in the Czechoslovak and Czech air forces. This time focusing on camouflage, coloring and markings.

MiG-23 / Boxes / Part 2

History of service of the first Mig series aircraft with variable wing geometry in the Czechoslovak and Czech air forces. This time focusing on camouflage, coloring and markings.

MiG-23 / Boxes / Part 2

History of service of the first Mig series aircraft with variable wing geometry in the Czechoslovak and Czech air forces. This time focusing on camouflage, coloring and markings.

MiG-29 - a reaction to the demands of the market

The MiG-29 was, like most Russian aircraft, created as a more or less single-purpose weapon. His primary task was air combat. But times are changing and those interested in single-purpose aircraft are like saffron. To survive, it is essential to meet the requirements of the market, and it wants universal aircraft. This also applies to the RSK MiG.

MiG-3: Fast onset - short breath

At the end of 1940, the newly established design office OKB-155 Mikoyan-Guryevich had its hands full with the start of production of the I-200 aircraft, better known under the military designation MiG-1. However, it did not warm up on the production line for a long time and was soon replaced by a modified aircraft marked MiG-3.

Mikoyan-Gurevich E-150

The prototype of the E-150 interceptor was created in the second half of the fifties. In the end, it was not included in the armament of the Soviet Air Force, but the findings of its development were used in the construction of the MiG-25.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 Foxbat

The MiG-25 "Foxbat" was developed during the Cold War. During the 1950s and early 1960s, the United States built a number of heavy supersonic bombers that could attack the Soviet Union with nuclear bombs. The Soviet Union made an enormous effort to develop an aircraft capable of detaining American bombers. "Foxbat" was so surprised by American strategists with its design that they immediately signaled the development of a new generation of American fighters.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum and its versions

The MiG-29, in the NATO code Fulcrum, was a response to a new generation of American fighter aircraft of the "light" category, ie types F-16 and YF-17 (from which later after major changes to the project became a slightly larger F / A-18), required in the specification for the bankruptcy for a new fighter aircraft from 1969.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 Foxhound

During the 1960s, the West increasingly focused on tactical attack tactics, which posed a great threat to the Soviet Union. This was the main reason for the development of the new aircraft. In 1968, the Soviet Union decided to continue developing the MiG-25. The new aircraft was to be much more efficient than the Foxbat. Mikoyan's design office first wanted to build a brand new aircraft with a delta wing or a wing with variable geometry ...

The first supersonic aircraft MiG-19S

In this article, I would like to acquaint those interested with the fact about how and when these first supersonic aircraft appeared in Czechoslovak Air Force. In the last twenty-five years, this has generally been described differently than it actually was. I don't know where and who first came up with the fact that the MiG-19P came to the republic in boxes. This was first published in 1991 in the Triad Edition, and since then everyone has made the same mistake. There are many of these publications, including books. In fact, MiG-19P aircraft flew over and landed at the airport in Kbely.

Where did the Iraqi Air Force go?

Iraq - a country that had the fourth largest army in the world during the reign of Saddam Hussein, had a large number of armored vehicles and a large number of combat aircraft. Therefore, it is astonishing that the combat activity of the Iraqi Air Force since 1991 has been negligible. The following photos may reveal where Saddam Hussein hid his planes ...

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