VTOL Interceptors

Yak-38U intercepting P-3 Orion US Navy Soviet Union

Alternate Cold War scenario:

After the cancellation of the MiG-29K and Su-27K, the Soviet Navy decided to adapt the two seater Yak-38U conversion trainer in to an all weather fighter. The result was the Yak-38bis.

Here, two Yak-38bis aircraft intercept a US Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion in the late 1980s as it gets a little close to their Kiev-class carrier.

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Author: Tony Wilkins

When Man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we’ll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict.

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