Re: MiG-25s again...

Message posted by Magoo on May 01, 2002 at 0:25:07 PST:

In almost 25 years of SR-71 operations over the Kola Peninsula, Libya, the Baltic Sea, the Kamchutka Peninsula and Vladivostok, no MiG-25s ever got near a Blackbird.

It wasn't through lack of trying, but whilst they could dash to Mach 3 for a few minutes at a time and zoom to 100,000+ feet, they could neither maintain that speed nor the altitude required long enough to get a half decent shot off. I'm sure the EW kit carried by the SR-71 had alot to do with this as well.

Once loaded up with enough missiles and fuel to fly a true long range interceptor mission, the top speed and altitude of the MiG-25 drops off markedly, and the only real application it ever had for that speed was when configured as a recon aircraft. Just ask the Israelis when they experienced almost daily Syrian (i.e borrowed Russian) MiG-25R recon flights during the Yom Kippur war of 1973.


In Reply to: Re: Black Projects???? posted by J Klier on April 30, 2002 at 18:06:31 PST:


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