Hobby Master HA5606 Ukrainian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25PD "Foxbat-A" Interceptor - "Red 49", 146th Fighter Aviation Regiment, Vasilkov Air Base, 1995 (1:72 Scale)
"In terms of speed, MiG-25 can fly at mach 3.2 but after that flight - and it will be short one, I don't know how long but it will be short one - but after that flight you must change its engines."
- Lt. (Sg.) Viktor Belenko, Russian pilot who defected to the West with his MiG 25 interceptor
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (NATO reporting name: Foxbat) is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau. The first prototype flew in 1964, and the aircraft entered into service in 1970. It has a top speed of Mach 2.83 (Mach 3.2 is possible but at risk of significant damage to the engines), and features a powerful radar and four air-to-air missiles.
When first seen in reconnaissance photography, the large wing planform suggested an enormous and highly maneuverable fighter, at a time when U.S. design theories were also evolving towards higher maneuverability due to combat performance in the Vietnam War. The appearance of the MiG-25 sparked serious concern in the West and prompted dramatic increases in performance for the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle then under development in late 1960s. The capabilities of the MiG-25 were better understood in 1976 when Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko defected in a MiG-25 to the United States via Japan. It turned out that the aircraft's weight necessitated its large wings.
Production of the MiG-25 series ended in 1984 after completion of 1,190 aircraft. A symbol of the Cold War, the MiG-25 flew with Soviet allies and former Soviet republics, remaining in limited service in Russia and several other nations. It is the highest-flying and the second fastest military aircraft ever fielded after the SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Ukrainian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25PD "Foxbat-A" Interceptor known as "Red 49", that was attached to the 146th Fighter Aviation Regiment, then deployed to Vasilkov Air Base during 1995.
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