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The future we used to have, part 15

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One of the things we used to have was the USSR, which meant we also had the Cold War. That gave us “the three-minute warning”, fallout shelters, Mutually Assured Destruction, vast military-industrial complexes, spies and defectors and assassinations, and all manner of political posturing that nowadays all looks a bit farcical but was quite scary at the time. It also gave us some very effective-looking military aircraft. On both sides. Here are some Soviet ones.

fighters

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Mikoyan Mig-21’Fishbed’
(source: militarywallpapers.com)

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Mikoyan MiG-25PU ‘Foxbat-C’  trainer
(source:militaryphotos.net)

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Sukhoi Su-15 ‘Flagon’
(source: Wikipedia)

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Tupolev Tu-28 ‘Fiddler’

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Yakovlev Yak-28 ‘Maestro’

bombers

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Myasishchev M-4 ‘Bison’
(source: valka.cz)

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Myasishchev M-50 ‘Bounder’
(source: testpilot.ru)

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Sukhoi T-4

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Tupolev Tu-16 ‘Badger’
(source: Wikipedia)

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Tupolev Tu-22 ‘Blinder’
(source: airliners.net)

The Tupolev Tu-28 was, and remains, the largest and heaviest fighter ever to see service. The Myasishchev M-50 was a prototype – only one was ever built. A second prototype, designated M-52, was built but never flew. The Sukhoi T-4 was also a prototype, and was never given a NATO reporting name.

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One thought on “The future we used to have, part 15

  1. The Soviet Union was the only alternate reality we were ever going to have, and we let it go!

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