In 1964, the SR-71 was unveiled by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The new plane flew faster and higher than anything else, making it uncatchable. However, the Soviets thought they had the perfect solution.
The MiG-25 Foxbat was created to go head to head with the B-70 Valkyrie, which never came. However, the MiG-25 made the perfect opponent for the SR-71.
The United States only made the SR-71 in small batches. The Soviets, on the other hand, made 1,200 MiG-25s. The Soviet Union sent some to Iraq, Syria, and Libya, but many of the planes stayed there.
The Foxbat topped out at 2,156 miles per hour and fired an AA-6 Acrid. The weapon had a 150-pound warhead with a max range of 30 miles at speeds up to Mach 4.5.
The Soviets originally created the plane to take out bombers, but there was a lot that the U.S. did not know about the plane. First was in the Yom Kippur War, the MiG-25s outflew the Israeli F-4s, a concerning feat.
The Air Force decided it needed another plane that could take on the MiG-25, and the F-15 Eagle was born. The two planes battled it out in the Middle East.
The F-15 Eagle was victorious, and the MiG-25 shrank into second. However, some believe that Scott Speicher, a F/A-18 Hornet pilot, was shot down by a MiG-25 on the first day of Desert Storm.
But no one knows for sure. Others are positive it wasn’t an Iraqi MiG-25 but an SA-2 Guideline. But, of course, we will never know for sure.