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Mikoyan's Cancelled Falcon Competitor: Projekt R 33 or the MiG-33 that might have been

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posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 12:18 AM
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There are a lot of projects the world doesn't really realize happened when it comes to aviation. Not all of them are grandiose super secret ones. Not all of them are hyper fast or super stealthy or anything all that exotic. Sometimes they are intended to be competitors to platforms. They grow, fly and die before anyone really takes notice of them.

The F-16 is a wildly successful platform. There are a big push for companies to try to come up with lower end fighters like the F-16. Others wanted a piece of that massive international pie. Several attempted launches of projects to compete. The only one to have survived to the modern era and be at least a semi successful platform has been the Saab Gripen. One of the failed attempts at a competitor was the Mikoyan Projekt 33.

Yes, the Russians attempted a solo engined F-16 competitor. Powered by a single RD-33, it would have had around 14k lbs-f thrust. Relative to the F-16, it would have been a relatively anemic engine. However, she is interesting.

take a look:











It really looks like someone took a F-16 and made it into a Mikoyan product. Or you could say, it looks like someone took a Mig-29 and chopped out a section in the middle. It's an odd duck. Some sources state this was supposed to be the MiG-33. However, that may or may not be accurate. I thought she was an interesting bird and ought to be shared here.



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 03:51 AM
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Looks more like an F5inski...



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 04:18 AM
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Mig 33
Interesting that the Russians chose to use Masonic numerology
Signalling they were on board with the Globalist Agenda in 1980
Masonic Brotherhood

B2s & B52s were in the news recently
Relating to Afghanistan withdrawal
B52= 2-52= 9
B2= 22
9-22= 9-11-11
Sept 22
Globalists are signalling an Equinox Economic Crash
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posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 06:39 AM
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a reply to: viviantzamis

Yes, it's masonic numbering and not the logical progression considering they already had the MiG-31. Masonic numbering makes so much more sense.



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 06:47 AM
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OMG its the Fabled Mig28.Top Gun was real!!!



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 07:01 AM
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Funny, I always thought the mig 21 was russia's best effort at an affordable single engine, single pilot fighter.

And just about anything else for that matter.



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 10:52 AM
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It looks pretty sound aerodynamically, but I would worry about the placement of the engine inlet. Seems like the nose landing gear would pick up all kinds of crap, crud, and corruption off the runway and fling it into the engine on takeoff. a reply to: anzha



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 11:00 AM
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originally posted by: 1947boomer
It looks pretty sound aerodynamically, but I would worry about the placement of the engine inlet. Seems like the nose landing gear would pick up all kinds of crap, crud, and corruption off the runway and fling it into the engine on takeoff. a reply to: anzha



Russian jet swallows rocks for fun.



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 11:23 AM
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originally posted by: Nunyabizisit

originally posted by: 1947boomer
It looks pretty sound aerodynamically, but I would worry about the placement of the engine inlet. Seems like the nose landing gear would pick up all kinds of crap, crud, and corruption off the runway and fling it into the engine on takeoff. a reply to: anzha



Russian jet swallows rocks for fun.



Is good Russian airplane. Strong like bull.



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 11:34 AM
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a reply to: 1947boomer

Make big boom.



posted on Jun, 14 2021 @ 09:32 PM
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A singled engined MiG-33 powered by RD-33 is in the same class as FA-50, Tejas, Gripen, JF-17. A single engined Su-27 would be in the same class as J-10, F-16. RD-33 is medium engine. AL-31 is large engine.
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posted on Jun, 16 2021 @ 06:06 AM
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Found some pictures from the actual model:
inf.news...

The inlet looks different compared to the OP, reminds me of MiG Ye-8 prototype.



posted on Jun, 21 2021 @ 01:46 PM
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Did it ever fly?



posted on Jun, 21 2021 @ 02:02 PM
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a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

Sort of. The actual program of record in the Soviet Union was canceled in 86, with no prototype being built, but extensive wind tunnel testing being done. China bought the design and test data in the 90s for the JF-17 program.



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