Started by sletch, April 14, 2011, 10:33:45 AM
Quote A NICE DEMONSTRATOR BUT A DISAPPOINTING PROTOTYPE In 1948, the Soviet Ministry of Propaganda broadcast the picture of an high-performance interceptor demonstrator. The amazing design intend to bring the MiG 23, outstanding speed at high-altitude. As from the first flight, the engineers were really disappointed by the prototype. Despite a impressive development team, Mikoyan Gurevitch unable to reach the expected performances. THE U.S. SAVE THE SOVIET PROJECT Surprisingly, the U.S.A. allowed MiG to achieve the design. In doing so, it avoid a cancellation of the MiG 23 project. Richard Whitcomb's "area rule" allowed Russian engineers to finalize the design of the jet. The in depth modifications drove Mikoyan to renamed the plane : MiG 24 was born.The three prototypes of the MiG 24 set new world records for altitude and speed. Called "Firestorm" by the NATO, the MiG 24 was assigned to protect the north of the U.S.S.R. The performances of the Firestorm were that impressive than no western interceptor was able to catch MiG 24's high-altitude flights.On a patrol mission, the Firestorm was equipped with two missiles Vympel R-73 (NATO code AA-11 Archer). Coming from Canada, the picture below is one of the few documents of the MiG 24 in flight:Extract from Wikisletchia
Quote from: Army of One on April 14, 2011, 12:58:13 PMlove the slightly out of focus one of a few pics taken.....
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