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originally posted by: grey580
Not that I've heard.
And it seems that it took Russia a while to come up with an airplane, MIG-31, in the 80's to intercept the SR-71.
And out of curiosity. If Russia did have something like the SR-71. Wouldn't they be showing it off at every airshow they had?
originally posted by: penroc3
a reply to: mightmight
the russians had their own version of Dyna Soar and other manned military space vehicles, i can picture them strapping someone in something like that and launching it. It would have to be launched from different location depending where they wanted it to pass over. back then they didn't have the fly by wire we do today, a manned suborbital platform with a camera doesn't seem super crazy.
on the other hand if it was an airbreather a tanker could fly along with it to the west coast and then the spy aircraft could dash over the us and be meet off the east coast by another tanker refuel and fly to a russian base and land.