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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gbZi2YTxyc The MiG-23 is not as well known as some of the other MiG models. It is not as fast as the 25 or as cost-effective as the 21. The video linked above says that the 23's reputation was built by the early models and that the late models were much better. Little is ever reported about the PVO interceptor MiG-23P. It was the Spitfire to the Su-15's Hurricane although the Su-15 got all the "action" if shooting at airliners can be considered action. The MiG-23BN was an interim model before the MiG-27 ground attack model appeared. The MiG-27 was the Typhoon to the Su-17's Hurribomber. The MiG-23 was the top of the line model during its heyday although it was much reviled in the Western aviation press. It would have been very interesting to see what the USSR would have produced if they had not insisted upon better field performance than the MiG-21. A MiG-21 upsized to use the MiG-23 engine with a solid nose and MiG-23 style intakes would have been really cool. Some interesting facts: The cannon's muzzle velocity was only 670m/s. The nose probe was used to generate vortices to improve AoA performance in some models. The later models could set the wing sweep at any angle at least according to some sources. The R-23 missile design was chosen over cloning a Sparrow captured in Vietnam. The R-60 missile is the smallest air-to-air missile aside from some planes mounting Stingers.
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