Why US Wanted MiG-29s

Message posted by wolfbane on March 11, 2002 at 15:27:25 PST:


Well, for starters, the MiG-29 is a high performance fighter that is in service with a lot of nations. It is highly agile and deadly. In a lot of mock combat with F-16, out of Aviano, the MiG-29 (German) achieved a decisive edge over the F-16 at low speeds.

Seconly, long before the break-up of the Soviet Union, US intel folks were "watching" MiG-29s during their flight developmental testing. On more than one occassions, the test MiG-29 was "seen" zoom-climbing through 130,000-feet altitude. And if that isn't enough for the US to at least get its hand if nothing but a few of these aircraft, there more.

Wednesday, 26 April 1995, MiG test pilot, Roman Taskaev, flew a specially modified MiG-29 to an FAI-recognized sustained altitude record of 90,092-feet,
beating the record set by an SR-71. Are we so sure
there's nothing to learned from the MiG-29?

Groom is still the place where most high flyers go (no pun intended).



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