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The MiG-25 – Foxbat is a Cold War supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft. It is also one of the fastest military aircraft to ever enter service, being able to fly at speeds of Mach 3+. Making its first official appearance on the 9th of July 1967 at the October Revolution Airshow, the Foxbat sparked serious concern, which, in turn, gave rise to major fears and controversy in the West. Large wingspan and wide engine intakes suggested the aircraft's great capability. In the 1970’s Israeli radar tracked MiG-25 operating reconnaissance missions over the Sinai Peninsula, although no techology at a time was able to intercept it at those speeds. This incident prompted the West to respond to the Soviets with the introduction of the F-15 Eagle program and further investment in the famous F-14 Tomcat.
However, everything changed in 1976, when the Soviet Foxbat pilot defected in a MiG-25 and landed it in Japan. The Foxbat was swiftly recovered by the United States for closer examination, which ended up in great disappointment with its capabilities.
The tag in your possession was crafted from the cockpit panels of the rare and unique variant of the Foxbat – MiG-25PU, codename Foxbat-C, 80 Blue. The Foxbat-C distinctive feature is its two separate cockpits, which came at a loss of the aircraft's radar and combat capability.
The following aircraft served most of its career with the 739 Fighter Aviation Regiment, in the city of Zaporizhya. In 1990 it was transferred to 146th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment of the Soviet Air Defence based in Vasilkiv, Kyiv Oblast. With the demise of the Soviet Union and under the command of the Ukrainian Air Force, in 1993 the aircraft was transferred into service to the city of Dnipro. Shortly after that, it flew back to Zaporizhya where it was kept storage and later scrapped, circa 2012-2013.
Estimated Shipping Date: 10th October 2023