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A left side view of a Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed fighter aircraft in flight. (Substandard image)

A left side view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat fighter aircraft in flight. (Substandard image)

A right underside view of two Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed fighter aircraft in flight

A right side view of parked Chinese MiG-15 Fagot jet fighter aircraft. (Substandard image)

A right front underside view of a Soviet MiG-19 Farmer fighter aircraft in flight. (Substandard image)

A right side view of aircraft in flight over the desert during exercise Bright Star '82. The aircraft are from front to back: a MiG-21, F-16 Fighting Falcon, MiG-17 and an A-10 Thunderbolt II

A right side view of aircraft in flight over the pyramids during exercise Bright Star '82. The aircraft are, from front to back: a MiG-21, F-16 Fighting Falcon, MiG-177 and an A-10 Thunderbolt II

An Egyptian Air Force MiG-21 aircraft participates in a live-fire demonstration during BRIGHT STAR '82, a combined exercise involving the armed forces of the US, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, and Oman

A left front view of an Egyptian (Soviet built) MiG-15 aircraft parked on a flight line

An underside view of an Egyptian (Soviet built) MiG-15 aircraft in flight

A right front view of an Egyptian (Soviet built) MiG-15 aircraft parked on a flight line

An air-to-air right side view (from top to bottom) of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, and an Egyptian (Soviet built) MiG-21 aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor aircraft armed with four Acrid air-to-air missiles

A left side view of a parked Soviet MiG-23MF Flogger-G aircraft

A right side view of a Soviet MiG-21U Mongol aircraft

A right side view of two Soviet MiG-23-MF Flogger-B aircraft in flight

A right side view of two Soviet MiG-27 Flogger-D aircraft in-flight

MiG-25/Foxbat high altitude supersonic interceptor aircraft. (PHOTO courtesy of Soviet Military Power Magazine, PHOTO #27, Page 33, bottom right)

An underside view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat aircraft

A view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor aircraft. (PHOTO courtesy of Soviet Military Power Magazine, PHOTO #63, Page 65)

An air-to-air left side view of a Soviet MiG-19PM Farmer D aircraft

A view of Soviet MiG-23 Flogger aircraft in Cuba

A right view of a Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed-L aircraft

A right side view of a Soviet MiG-21FM Fishbed-F aircraft taking off

A right side view of a parked Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed-J aircraft

A left side view of a parked Soviet MiG-1 Fishbed-E aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger B aircraft. (PHOTO courtesy of Soviet Military Power)

A right side view of a parked Soviet MiG-21PF Fishbed-D aircraft

Soviet air force MiG-21/Fishbed-N all-weather interceptor. (PHOTO courtesy of Soviet Military Power Magazine PHOTO #25, Page 33 (left))

Red MiG silhouettes are painted on the walls at the Navy Fighter Weapons School to mark each victory by a Navy or Marine Corps air crew during the war in Southeast Asia. Referred to as "Top Gun," the school provides air combat maneuvering (ACM) training for Navy and Marine Corps pilots

A right front view of a parked Soviet MiG-19P Farmer B aircraft

A view of two Soviet MiG-23 Flogger G aircraft. "Soviet Military Power," 1983, Page 53

Bottom view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat E interceptor aircraft in flight. "Soviet Military Power," 1983, Page 29

An air-to-air view of a joint formation of aircraft participating in the multi-national exercise Bright Star '83. The aircraft are, clockwise from the top: Egyptian air force MiG-19 Farmer, U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder, Egyptian air force MiG-17 Fresco, U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair II, Egyptian air force MiG-21 Fishbed, Egyptian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon, Egyptian air force F-4 Phantom II, Egyptian air force Mirage 2000, and a U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat in the center

An air-to-air view of a joint formation of aircraft participating in the multi-national exercise Bright Star '83. The aircraft are, clockwise from the top: Egyptian air force MiG-19 Farmer, U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder, Egyptian air force MiG-17 Fresco, U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair II, Egyptian air force MiG-21 Fishbed, Egyptian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon, Egyptian air force F-4 Phantom II, Egyptian air force Mirage 2000, and a U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat in the center

An air-to-air view of a joint formation of aircraft participating in the multi-national exercise Bright Star '83. The aircraft are, clockwise from the top: Egyptian air force MiG-19 Farmer, U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder, Egyptian air force MiG-17 Fresco, U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair II, Egyptian air force MiG-21 Fishbed, Egyptian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon, Egyptian air force F-4 Phantom II, Egyptian air force Mirage 2000, and a U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat in the center

Air Force personnel inspect an Egyptian MiG-17 aircraft (Soviet designed) on display during the joint exercise Bright Star '83

A right side view of a Soviet designed Sudanese MiG-1 aircraft prior to takeoff during the joint Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83

Air Force personnel inspect various Egyptian aircraft on display at Cairo West Air Base during the joint Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83. Some of the aircraft include, from right, a Soviet designed MiG-15 and MiG21, and a French designed Mirage 2000

Air Force personnel stand behind Egyptian aircraft on display during Exercise Bright Star '83. The aircraft from, left to right, are a Soviet designed MiG-15, MiG-17 and MiG-21; a French built Mirage 2000; and a U.S. built F-4 Phantom II

An air-to-air top view of U.S. and Egyptian aircraft in formation during the joint exercise Bright Star '83. The aircraft (clockwise from bottom right) are an Egyptian F-4 Phantom II, Mirage 2000, MiG-17, American A-6 Intruder, Egyptian MiG-15, American A-7 Corsair II, Egyptian MiG-21, Egyptian F-16B Fighting Falcon, and an American F-14 Tomcat, center

Artwork: "Air Intelligence - MiG 25P Exploitation" Artist: William Helfenstein, US Air Force Art Collection

Su-27 Flanker, bottom, and MiG-29 Fulcrum aircraft. (Courtesy of Soviet Military Power, 1984, PHOTO No. 55, Page 56, bottom)

MiG-25 Foxbat-E interceptor aircraft. (Courtesy of Soviet Military Power, 1984, PHOTO No. 33, Page 37)

A left underside view of one of 12 Soviet made Mig-21 Fishbed-C aircraft flown by the US Air Force for air to air combat training

A right underside view of a Soviet MiG-27 Flogger-D aircraft

An air-to-air view of a Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed aircraft. (Substandard)

A right underside view of a Soviet Mig-23 Flogger aircraft

A left underside view of a Soviet MiG-19 aircraft

A left side view of a Soviet Mig-21 Fishbed aircraft

A left front view of a Soviet Mig-27 Flogger-H aircraft

A right underside view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat-B reconnaissance aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat-E aircraft with an AA-6 Acrid air-to-air missiles attached to the wing pylons. (From Soviet Military Power 1985)

An artist's concept of a Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum all-weather, fighter-interceptor aircraft with AA-10 missiles (foreground) and a TU-22M Backfire-B bomber aircraft in-flight

A map of the Caribbean Sea area showing the combat radius of Soviet Mig-21 and MiG-23 aircraft. From Soviet Military Power 1985

An air-to-air left side view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat-E aircraft with AA-6 Acrid air-to-air missiles attached to the wing pylons. From Soviet Military Power 1985

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger-G aircraft with an AA-7 Apex air-to-air missile attached to the outer wing pylon and an AA-8 Aphid air-to-air missile on the inner wing pylon. (From Soviet Military Power 1985)

Close-in view of a Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed fighter aircraft with UV-16 rocket pods attached to the wing pylons and a GP-9 SHG 23 mm cannon undercarriage. The aircraft is on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State

Nose-on view of a Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed fighter aircraft with UV-16 rocket pods attached to the wing pylons and a GP-9 SHG 23 mm cannon undercarriage. The aircraft is on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State

Right front view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger B fighter aircraft with AAM-2 Atoll missiles attached to the undercarriage and wing pylons. The aircraft is on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State

Close-in view of the right midsection of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger B fighter aircraft showing AAM-2 Atoll missiles attached to the undercarriage and wing pylons. The aircraft is on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State

Front view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger B fighter aircraft with AAM-2 Atoll missiles attached to the undercarriage and wing pylons. The aircraft is on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State

Overhead rear view of modern Soviet aircraft on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State. From left to right is a MiG-17 Fresco, a MiG-21 Fishbed and a MiG-23 Flogger B. Assorted military vehicles and equipment are visible in the background

Overhead rear view of modern Soviet aircraft on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State. From left to right is a MiG-17 Fresco, a MiG-21 Fishbed and a MiG-23 Flogger B. Assorted military vehicles and equipment are visible in the background

Nose-on view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger B fighter aircraft with AAM-2 Atoll missiles attached to the undercarriage and wing pylons. The aircraft is on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State

Left front view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger B fighter aircraft with AAM-2 Atoll missiles attached to the undercarriage and wing pylons. The aircraft is on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State

Right front view of a Soviet MiG-21 Fishbed fighter aircraft showing an UV-16 rocket pod attached to the wing pylon. The aircraft is on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State

Overhead rear view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger B fighter aircraft on public display at the Memorial Complex of the Ukrainian State. A portion of a MiG-21 Fishbed fighter aircraft can be seen to the left. Other assorted military vehicles can be seen in the background

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger K aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger K aircraft

An air-to-air right underside rear view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat aircraft carrying four AA-6 Acrid missiles

An air-to-air right underside view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat aircraft carrying four AA-6 Acrid missiles

A MiG-27 Flogger-D aerial target drone and two helicopter drones at Range No. 3 of the Basic School. The drones are used for infantry air defense training

A left underside view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat aircraft in flight

A Soviet MiG-31 Foxhound aircraft armed with AA-9 missiles in flight

An artist's concept of a Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum aircraft armed with AA-10 missiles

A crowd gathers before a Vietnamese MiG-21 aircraft mounted above fragments of American and Chinese warplanes that it was supposedly instrumental in destroying

A crowd gathers before a Vietnamese MiG-21 aircraft mounted above fragments of American and Chinese warplanes that it was supposedly instrumental in destroying

A MiG-17 Fresco aircraft acquired by the US Air Force Museum is unloaded from a C-5 Galaxy aircraft

A MiG-17 Fresco aircraft is readied for transport to the US Air Force Museum

A MiG-17 Fresco aircraft is readied for transport to the US Air Force Museum

A MiG-17 Fresco aircraft is transported by truck to the US Air Force Museum

A MiG-17 Fresco aircraft acquired by the US Air Force Museum is unloaded from a C-5 Galaxy aircraft

A MiG-17 Fresco aircraft acquired by the U.S. Air Force Museum is unloaded from a C-5 Galaxy aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum aircraft

A right underside view of five Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum aircraft flying in formation

An air-to-air left side view of a Soviet MiG-31 Foxhound aircraft

An air-to-air right underside view of a Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum aircraft

A Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum aircraft landing with its parachute extended

An air-to-air left side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger aircraft

Artwork:"MiG-25"Artist: Mark Sauck (CI)

A formation of Egyptian and U.S. Navy aircraft fly over one of the Great Pyramid near Cairo during BRIGHT STAR '83. Unless indicated all are Egyptian Air Force aircraft (L to R) F-4 Phantom, F-16 Falcon, Mirage 2000, U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat, MIG-21 Fishbed, MIG-19, U.S. Navy A7D Corsair and U.S. Navy A-6E Intruder. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An artist's concept of a Soviet Mig-29 Fulcrum aircraft executing a ramp-assisted takeoff

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-31 Foxhound aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat aircraft

A Soviet MiG-29UB Fulcrum trainer aircraft stands on the runway at the Farnborough Air Show, in front of an An-124 Condor bearing the markings of the Soviet airline Aerolot

An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-31 Foxhound aircraft

A Soviet MiG-29A Fulcrum fighter aircraft stands on the runway at the Farnborough Air Show, in front of a MiG-29UB trainer

A Soviet Mig-29A Fulcrum fighter aircraft stands on the runway at the Farnborough Air Show