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The future we used to have, part 15

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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The future we used to have, part 10

Since we’re supposed to be celebrating sixty years of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne, but watching a bunch of boats covered in bunting float down the Thames is dull, how about looking at some cool planes and cars and buildings from the last sixty years instead?

air

Hawker P.1121

Gloster Javelin

Mikoyan MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’

Mikoyan MiG-31 ‘Foxhound’

land

Supreme Court Building, Brasilia (Oscar Niemeyer)

Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo (Oscar Niemeyer & Roberto Burle Marx)

Ostankino TV Tower, Moscow (Nikolai Nikitin)

Observation deck of Ostankino TV Tower

water

NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered passenger/cargo ship

NS Savannah

Bridge of the NS Savannah

A Stateroom aboard NS Savannah