I'm with you there. Something about their design says to me "I'm ready to fight"
As the son of a naval aviator, I've always appreciated aviation - though I never truly had the drive (nor the capability) to pursue it. However, I noticed at an early age (even back when the Cold War was still goin'!) I definitely prefer the looks of Combloc aircraft. I simply love Soviet/Russian designs.
I was just perusing the 3200 page photo thread over on militaryphotos.net, and scooped up some of my favorites. Anyone else love the rugged utility and brute-ugliness/beauty of these aircraft?
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The F-15 sure is generic looking, but it certainly is better than a lot of Russian Jets. And If you like the Foxbat/Foxhound and you do not like the F-15 something is wrong with you, because they are as generic as possible. The Mig 25 and Mig 31 are basically just engines with wings and certainly are NOT pretty.
Anything after the Mig 17 was pretty generic looking and up until the Mig 29 or so is when the Russian Jets got slightly pretty. Now if we talk about other aircrafts then I can say they has some beautiful ones. Like the Ty-144, and Ty-154, as prime examples.
The F-14 to me is just...meh. Sure it's not ugly, but it never ever really moved me one way or the other. I like my aircraft to have some edge...which normally comes from odd angles, or ugly bits. I will say I like the PAK-FA best of the current crop of 5th/6th gen super jets...but as a whole they all look like crap compared to the Cold War aircraft.
Take the KA-29 for example...brutal, short, stubby, ugly as f_ck. In my opinion, that's what makes it's so incredibly cool looking.
I can't recall which one, but one of their two primary smaller ground attack helicopters has been a huge commercial disaster.
They were trying to sell India some, but it was up against old Apaches or something, and the Russian aircraft were more expensive, and nowhere near as good. I guess even they screw up something once in a while.
Interestingly enough a helo guy was praising the older model Mi-17's etc. being used in Afghanistan, saying they were significantly better suited to flying at high altitude over the mountains than most of our current helos...and hence were real work horses.
Sadly, like most of their military endeavors, the commercial export models of their aircraft are often better, more advanced (and more expensive) than their own. Some of the best models of their aircraft even the Russian military can't afford.
And as for the Mil-17, Mil 26, they are true work horses. But like with anything you cannot take one or two persons opinions about it. The Mil 26 for sure is huge and can lift more than anything we have, but that is what the Russians always do, built huge and when you add enough power and size anything is possible.
That because the AH-64 Longbow is battle tested in "similar conditions" (very high temps and desert conditions). The Mi-28 (KA-50 is not even in contention) has too many unknowns. And most importantly-the Apache is actually for sale with all accessories (Hellfire missiles in both IIR and MMW seekers).Originally Posted by Elbows
The Russians are kept happy because the Indians will buy lots of Mi-17v which is their workhorse medium lift helo.
These are some amazing photographs.
I too love Russian birds... In particular, I love their livery. It just takes them to the next level. I wish we would bring back some more unique schemes than our standard nato gray planes. At the very least, I wish our birds had some nose art.
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Oh piss off, we have nothing this cool looking!
PS: On the Hawk up there --- those air dropped torpedoes or actual anti-ship missiles on the outer pylons?
Those are Hellfires, so typically anti-ship/anti-shore/anti-whatever. Theoretically they can be used air-to-air, as in this attempt: http://www.military.com/video/aircra...1507888242001/
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