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The Mig-25 was built to shoot it down and is STILL in service. It is the fastest aircraft in the world and STILL holds the absolute worlds altitude record and numerous time to height records as well. That is as amazing as the Valkyrie which inspired it.
Nearly of the Russian MiG-25s have been retired in favor of the MiG-31s (MUCH better aircraft). The turning radius of a Foxbat at speed was 150 MILES. Its skin was stainless steel alloy and titanium because aluminum would melt at speed(same as the B-58 Hustler and XB-70). The SR-71 STILL holds the absolute speed record 25 years after its retirement. The Soviets would work feverishly to develop a record challenging aircraft. The "Habu" jockeys would just crack the throttles a little bit more....
 
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