Cold War Weapons | MiG Fighters: Episode 2

After the USSR put the first satellite into orbit, US officials worried about losing the space race. Thus, they launched an unprecedented program of reconnaissance flights over the Soviet territory to photograph airfields and missile launching positions. In 1960, a U-2 spy plane was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile, but the occasion never convinced the American military to abandon their reconnaissance missions. Instead, the U-2 fall paved the way for the creation of a “Blackbird” – an aircraft that could climb to an altitude of 25 kilometers and reach speeds over 3,000 kilometers per hour, becoming the fastest airplane ever flown.

Soviet leaders could never accept US military superiority in near space. The USSR soon presented its fighter, dubbed the MiG-25, that could fly at three times the speed of sound.

How did the MiG-25 differ from its American counterpart and what were its outstanding features? Watch the new episode of ‘Cold War Weapons’ to find out!