Grown to be one of my favorite cold war aircraft. We used to make amazing planes back in the day. Ruskies could, too. I always wondered if the mig-23 had a weapons systems officer as well as a pilot if the weapons system would have been a lot more efficient and quick acting. From everything I can read it seemed like the mig 23 pilot had to do what two f4 phantom pilots were doing in their opposing aircraft.
MiG-29s and Su-27s had high work load cockpits too, but they could still get the job done...
The MiG-23-98 should have solved most of the workload problems and be able to carry enough modern weapons to still be dangerous.... but would only make sense if you currently operate Mig-23s... if you didn't then it would make more sense just to buy 29s.
Good looking but it was a shitty aircraft to fly. Not really manoevrable but its accelerations were the best, impossible to catch up from the back.
Not what I have heard... it is certainly no F-16 but would be able to match an F-15 with its low drag and high thrust to weight ratio...
There was a lot of bullshit in the west about how the wing sweep was not as advanced as say the one in the F-14 or F-111 with continuously calculated variable sweep computers, but effectively the three wing settings were simple and obvious... a straight wing for takeoff or moderate speed cruise flying for ferrying, mid angle offers best dogfight and manouver performance, and full sweep is for max speed lowest drag flight.
I should add that the pilot could also anticipate what he intended to do so he could change wing configurations in advance, so a high speed low drag low level flight into the combat zone, if he intends to slow down and dogfight he can sweep the wing to mid point for best manouver performance and gets his best dogfight performance immediately and does not have to wait for his speed to bleed away for the wings to sweep to a better lift angle for dogfighting.
It is not something that needed constant monitoring or constant attention, once you are airborne you either want to be able to manouver or you want to fly fast.
Only last variants were good. They even had a super version with r-77 and Zukh-M radar called mig-23-98.
There were 93 and 98 models I believe... the 98 model of the MiG-21 replaced that three piece front canopy with a single piece front canopy design without the flat front windscreen.
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