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1975 – First flight of the MIG-31

16 September – On this day

The MIG-31, designated by NATO the ‘Foxhound’ was the Russian replacement for the MIG-25 ‘Foxbat’ and the Russian answer to the American F-15. The MIG-31 entered service on 6 May 1981 and was one of the fastest fighter jets in the world able to reach about Mach 2.85. A total of 519 of these fighters were built with production ending in 1984. The MIG-31 is expected to remain in service until 2030.




Featured image: “Russian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 Pichugin-1” by Dmitriy Pichugin

Schematics: “MiG-31” by Kaboldy – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

1828 – Leo Tolstoy born

9 September – On this day

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born on this day in 1828 (Died – 20 November 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

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1945 – Official division of Korea begins

8 September – On this day

U.S. troops land in Korea to begin their postwar occupation of the southern part of that nation, Soviet troops had already entered northern Korea to begin their own occupation. Although the U.S. and Soviet occupations were supposed to be temporary, the division of Korea quickly became permanent. Continue reading “1945 – Official division of Korea begins”

1918 – Lenin shot

30 August – On this day

Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin is shot twice by Fanya Kaplan, a member of the Social Revolutionary party, after speaking at a factory in Moscow. Continue reading “1918 – Lenin shot”

1940 – Trotsky assassination

20 August – On this day

Leon Trotsky (b. 7 November 1879) was a leading figure in the Russian Revolution. A Marxist revolutionary and theorist, he became a leader of the Bolsheviks (Russian Social Democratic Labour Party) and was one of the seven members of the first Politburo founded in 1917. Continue reading “1940 – Trotsky assassination”

1960 – Francis Gary Powers sentenced in USSR

19 August – On this day

Francis Gary Powers was a CIA-employed pilot tasked with flying a Lockheed U-2 spy plane over the USSR to gather intelligence information. On 1 May 1960 about half way through his mission he was shot down by the Soviets over the Ural Mountains and captured. He was charged with espionage and put on trial. Continue reading “1960 – Francis Gary Powers sentenced in USSR”

Review – MIG vs America, Cold War in the Skies

An interesting albeit somewhat  older documentary that examines fighter design arms race between the US and USSR from the creation of  the Russia MIG 15, one of the most prolific fighters ever, manufactured in 4 countries and used by at least 18 to the MIG 29 and tracks the US developments from the US F-86 Sabre which was used by 26 different airforces to the F-18 Hornet.

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