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  • Nerdeiro

    Interesting, but lets put to rest the myth that it couldn't be shot down. This was true thru most of it's life. By the end of it, its usefulnes as a spy ppane was limited to short trips over the USSR, lest it would have to deal with Migs 25 and 31 armed with Vympels R-33. A few close encounters that forced the planes to divert to the Mediterranean or Sweden (instead of just accelerating) pretty much sealed the deal.

    On the allied side, the F-14 Tomcat with AIM-54 Phoenix missiles was capable of such feat. Incidentaly, the Phoenix was dwveloped for th YF-12, the prototype tha gave origin to the SR-71.

    Reference: http://theaviationist.com/2013/12/11/sr-71-vs-mig-31/