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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-14 Tomcat vs Su-22 - Dogfight over the gulf of Great Sydra

During the Cold War, pilots of fully armed aircraft of both major powers, their allies or satellites, met many times in the air. Most of the meetings went without conflicts, although the participants mostly ran what is called " irritating the rattlesnake with their bare feet ". If nothing else, at least they tried to take a more advantageous position over the opponent. But sometimes it turned out differently.

Su-15 interceptor aircraft

The Sukhoi Su-15 (NATO code name "Flagon") was a Soviet twin-engine聽interceptor aircraft of the mid-1960s, the first prototype of which flew on 30 May 1962. It entered service in 1967, replacing the Su-9 and Su-11 types. Over time, the aircraft was gradually upgraded and various versions were produced. It remained in service until the 1990s.

Suchoj T-4 Sotka - Aircraft carrier hunter

The USSR tried to cover the absence of aircraft carriers in its fleet by developing submarine forces and aircraft designed to fight the American CVBG ( Carrier Battle Group ). Suchoj T-4 was supposed to be a specialist in aircraft carrier hunting, but in the end it turned out completely different ...

Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer and its version

Profile of a modern Russian (Soviet) attack aircraft with variable wing geometry, capable of supersonic flight close to the ground and attack with precision-guided missiles and nuclear bombs.

Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer and its version

Profile of a modern Russian (Soviet) attack aircraft with variable wing geometry, capable of supersonic flight close to the ground and attack with precision-guided missiles and nuclear bombs.

Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker and its version

The Soviet (Russian) multi-role fighter Su-27 is still considered one of the best fighters today, although its prototype first T-10 first took off on May 20, 1977 and was designated in the NATO code Ram-T, later Flanker-A.

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