Transport, aviation and fighting vehicles by Andrew Pantele

The luxury ZIL-118 “Youth” minibus, the original design (until 1971). ZiL museum, Moscow

The luxury ZIL-118 “Youth” minibus, the original design (until 1971). The vehicle was exhibited at the Soviet Intourist exhibition in 1967 during the International Bus Week in Nice, where it attracted mass attention and found a good export potential. The vehicle got 12 awards, and even Henry Ford II tried to buy a license for …

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Transport, aviation and fighting vehicles by Andrew Pantele

Saab 37 Viggen

The Saab 37 Viggen is a retired Swedish single-seat, single-engine, short-medium range combat aircraft. Development work on the type was initiated at Saab in 1952 and, following the selection of a radical delta wing configuration, the resulting aircraft performed its first flight on 8 February 1967 and entered service in 21 June 1971. It was …

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Transport, aviation and fighting vehicles by Andrew Pantele

The Matra R422 missile

The Matra R422 missile is a semi-active electromagnetically guided surface-to-air missile designed by Matra (France) in the 1950s.

The R422 was developed by Matra as part of the French army’s SA20 program for long-range surface-to-air (SALP). It was then in competition with DEFA PARCA and SNCASE SE.4400. It had to be able to intercept bombers flying …

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Transport, aviation and fighting vehicles by Andrew Pantele

MiG-105 EPOS. A Soviet analogue of experimental piloted orbit aircraft from 1976 (product 105-11)

EPOS. A Soviet analogue of experimental piloted orbit aircraft from 1976 (product 105-11) by Mikoyan DB. Chief designer – G. Lozino-Lozinsky.

Was tested to exercise approach system, access stability and control capability of the aircraft – dropped from the altitude of 5500 m from the carrier Tu-95. Crew -1, take-off weight – 4400 kg, length …

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