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Operation “Iraqi Freedom”, an American M1 Abrams tank runs over a buried IrAF MiG-25 Foxbat supersonic interceptor. 

During the 2003 Iraq War, the Iraqi government decided to bury what was left of its air force, rather than have it face the American-led coalition, as they wanted to avoid the disastrous defeat suffered during the 1991 Gulf War, in hopes that they could to recover it once the war was over, something that never happened as most planes were found and destroyed in similar fashion by the Americans, the few surviving examples being sent to the US as war trophies.   

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September 6, 1976 - Soviet Air Force pilot Viktor Belenko flies his MiG-25 Foxbat to Japan, seeking asylum. The US and Japan examined and dissected the aircraft, before sending it back by ship to the USSR in crates. Belenko eventually was granted US citizenship.

Examinations of the Foxbat revealed a tough, but primitive interceptor, not the next-generation, advanced fighter-bomber that had been feared.

Via Detail & Scale

A Russian MiG-25RBF “Foxbat-D”. Although the Soviets did not assign official nicknames to their aircraft - as with most popular names for their aircraft, “Foxbat” was the NATO codename - this didn’t stop unofficial ones from being used. With the MiG-25, as it was a high altitude flier, large amount of alcohol based deicer was sprayed on the aircraft before missions, which apparently could cause mild intoxication in the pilots and grounds crew. Because of this, it earned the epithet Letauschii gastronom, which essentially translates to “flying liquor store”.

(Alex Eremite)