Riga Airmuseum is unique in the Baltic countries and one of the largest in Europe. It's collection of Soviet aircraft is also the greatest in in outside of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
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In 1964 Mikoyan Design Bureau designed interceptor MiG-25P («Foxbat A») and photo reconnaissance MiG-25R («Foxbat B») which both had outstanding performance data. Designers used a lot of original technical decisions, for example stainless steel airframe skin usage instead of aluminium alloys, welding instead of traditional rivets and neat alcohol usage for aircraft systems cooling. Record-breaking variant E-266 established 29 world records, many of them were in force for more than 10 years.
(Flogger-B) This was another export derivative of MiG-23M, intended to be exported to Warsaw Pact countries but it was also sold to many other allies and clients, as most export customers were dissatisfied with rather primitive MiG-23MS. It actually came in two versions: first one was sold to Warsaw Pact allies, and it was essentially identical to Soviet MiG-23M, with small changes in IFF and communications equipment. Second variant was sold outside Eastern Europe and it had different IFF and communications suite (with datalink usually removed) and downgraded radar, which lacked the anti-ECM features and modes of the baseline 'High Lark'.
('Flogger-B'). This variant first flew at June 1972. It was the first truly mass-produced version of MiG-23, and the first VVS fighter to feature look down/shoot down capabilities (although this capability was initially very limited). Wing was modified again and now featured leading-edge slats. R-29-300 engine was now rated for 12500kp.
Number - 76 yellow (cn 50027021).
(Fishbed-L) Single-seat multi-role fighter, ground-attack aircraft. The final production model. This version is powered by a Tumansky R-25-300 turbojet engine.
In 1976 Mikoyan Design Bureau was ordered by Government to develop new MiG-29UB («izdeliye 9-51») trainig variant to ensure effective Soviet Air Force pilots' training and to familiarize them with modern MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter more quickly. With purpose of placing second cockpit (for pilot-instructor) without changing airframe design sufficiently it was decided to unmount all radar-aiming equipment, including N019 radar, but for aiming and armament use was fully retained optical aiming-navigatonal package with optical station KOLS and NSC. It was slightly updated due to doubled indication and control system was integrated and this package received new designation OEPrNK-29UB.