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F-5E vs MiG-21: Soviet Test Pilot's Insight


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Hello, everyone!

 

I think this can be of a great interest to the community, as it was for me. This is an excerption from the book "Life-Long Runway" written by the Soviet Air Force test pilot Vladimir Kondaurov. The story is that in 1976 the Soviets got an F-5E to test. Here is what the test pilot made out of it.

 

The translation was made by myself. English is not my native language, so, please, forgive me if the text is not perfect.


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fantastic read!

 

i'm glad we got "several" FSU a/c to glean intel from - and in fact fight against

 

i'm also glad that the big wheels of the bureaucratic process over there deemed it more important to protect their national pride than to take seriously the lessons gleaned from the western technology dropped in to their laps

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Excellent article Ilya! Thank you for sharing!

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."

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Excellent article Ilya! Thank you for sharing!

You're welcome! A very interesting book indeed. It would be interesting to read something like this about the "Red Eagles", which set similar experiments on the other side of the ocean.

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two good books on the subject...

 

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Eagles-Americas-General-Aviation-ebook/dp/B004X7533K

 

and http://www.amazon.com/Scream-Eagles-Dramatic-Account-Fighter/dp/0743497244

 

i've got them both - a lotta good stuff in there

 

(note - the first one is very "documentary" ---- a lot of data, not very enjoyable reading - actually had a hard time pushing through - second one is much more enjoyable)

 

this one "may" be good - it looks interesting, but i haven't read it.. http://www.amazon.com/Americas-Secret-MiG-Squadron-CONSTANT/dp/1849089760

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Thank you, enjoyed reading that! :thumbup:

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ahhh.... SO THAT is where the Russians got their hands on the technology to make MiG-28!!!!

 

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just kidding Top Gun :)

 

Excellent read! thank you very much ilya, I enjoyed the whole article and shared with my squad mates.

 

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  • 2 weeks later...
Just information, as presented in a video. I make no claim of fact or otherwise. I was simply avoiding a new thread.

 

But this thread is about the F-5E & MiG21 as seen through the eyes of a Soviet test pilot, where does the MiG-15 & F-86 ever come into the picture?

 

If there's something I've learned posting on these forums it's that if you want to discuss something other than the original topic, then you need to make a new thread for it, otherwise you risk getting a warning.

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