Over a freezing Norwegian countryside, the RAF Lightning pilot spots the near mythical MiG-31 Firefox. He opens the throttle to start his pursuit but the MiG-31 pilot blasts away through Mach 3.
1982’s Firefox starring Clint Eastwood is a classic Cold War thriller with that dirty underhand action carried out in a slow and foreboding pace. The book it was based on was inspired by rumours in western circles of an upgraded MiG-25 “Foxbat” that would be able to punch through Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound). In reality, the actual MiG-31 was marginally slower than its forebear but introduced significantly improved weapons and sensors.
This is the first image I have created for a new Facebook page a friend and I have started called Defence of the Subatomic Realm. The name is an amalgamation of both of our own projects; mine being Defence of the Realm and his being The Museum of Subatomic Tourism.