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.