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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2006) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo by Timothy R. Gaffney)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2006) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo by Timothy R. Gaffney)

DAYTON, Ohio -- MiG 25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- MiG 25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) -- Wide shot of the MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) -- Wide shot of the MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) -- MiG 25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) -- MiG 25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- MiG-25 in the restoration area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This aircraft is currently in the restoration hangar. 

The Soviet MiG-25 (NATO code-name "Foxbat") was a high-speed interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft entered service in 1970 and has a top speed of Mach 2.83, powerful radar, and could carry up to four air-to-air missiles.

The MiG-25's capabilities were not discovered until 1976 when Viktor Belenko, a Soviet MiG-25 pilot, defected to Japan. Subsequent analysis revealed a simple-yet-functional design with vacuum-tube electronics, two massive turbojet engines, and sparing use of advanced materials such as titanium.

A capable interceptor, the MiG-25 was widely exported by the Soviet Union. The first MiG-25s entered service with the Iraqi Air Force in 1980 during the Iran-Iraq War. 

The aircraft on exhibit, a MiG-25RB, was found in 2003 by American forces buried in the sand near Al Taqaddum Airbase 250km west of Baghdad during the opening months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The MiG-25 was buried to prevent its destruction on the ground by coalition aircraft. The aircraft was recovered incomplete--the wings could not be located and the vertical stabilizers were removed for transport. The aircraft arrived at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in 2006.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament:
Four air-to-air missiles (two radar-guided AA-6 "Acrid" missiles, and two infrared-guided R-40T missiles).
Engines: Two Tumansky R-15B-300 turbojets of approx. 22,500 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: Mach 2.83

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