Combat aviation of the USSR: jet fighter-bomber Su-7B, 1958. The maximum speed is 1699 km / h. The practical ceiling is 18000 m. The flight range is 1450 km. Crew – 1 person.

Museum of the Soviet Army, Moscow

The Sukhoi Su-7 (NATO designation name: Fitter-A) is a swept wing, supersonic fighter aircraft developed by the Soviet Union in 1955. Originally, it was designed as a tactical, low-level dogfighter, but was not successful in this role. On the other hand, the soon-introduced Su-7B series became the main Soviet fighter-bomber and ground-attack aircraft of the 1960s. The Su-7 was rugged in its simplicity, but its Lyulka AL-7 engine had such high fuel consumption that it seriously limited the aircraft’s payload, as even short-range missions required that at least two hardpoints be used to carry drop tanks rather than ordnance.

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