Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25RB: Burnin’ Love.

The pair of Tumansky R-15B-300 of this recon “Foxbat” givin’ it all. These powerful engines were specially designed to be power the Tupolev Tu-121 high-altitude high-speed cruise missile, on a one-way trip. In the 1960’s faced with the emergence of American Mach 3 competitors the crafty Russian went to work. With improved R-15’s and with good ole engineering common sense the Mikoyan Bureau created this very viable (barely) Mach 3 capable aircraft….to be produced just like cookies.

Ruggedly handsome the Twenty-Five. Quite irresistible.


5 thoughts on “Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25RB: Burnin’ Love.

  1. The Mig 25 only attained Mach 3 on a few occasions, basically just stunts as Lt. Victor Belenko would testify to after he defected with one. The engines could not even sustain Mack 2.8 for very long before burning out. that is why, no Lockheed A-12s or SR71s were ever shot down by a Mig 25 or 31! Here is a good short read based on Victor’s debriefing. http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/mig25.html

    • That’s correct, but I was not comparing the 25 with neither A-12/SR-71 nor Valkyrie. About the 25/31 capabilites against the Habu, well… only conjectures; Paul Crickmore made a good entry about that in his latest Blackbird’s book.
      Thanks for the link, I read it a few months ago after revisiting my ancient, a not very informative, Belenko’s book…., it sure opened my appetite for more.

  2. In fairness, I should have said, the MiG company did an outstanding job building the 25, with the resources at hand! I never knew about the jam proof radar and I thought the vacuum tubes were inferior, not thinking about the cold nights in Siberia.

  3. Pingback: Mikoyan MiG-31: The shadow of the Russian past is a long one. | The Dreamy Dodo

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