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The Soviet Stratospheric Planes

Posted on May 8, 2014 by tim


The Myasishchev M-55 (NATO reporting name: Mystic-B) is a high altitude geophysical research aircraft developed by OKB Myasishchev in the Soviet Union, similar in purpose to the Lockheed ER-2, but with a twin boom fuselage and tail surface design. It is a twin-engined development of the Myasishchev M-17 Stratosphera with a higher maximum take-off weight.

The first aircraft of this series took off August 16, 1988. By 1993, there were six examples built.

This plane has a single person cabin like a fighter has.

Under the cockpit there is a huge bay (5.5 meters long), which houses special equipment. The presence of this area allows the placement of equipment, depending on the mission purpose.

There are two engines, and this significantly improved reliability, because the aircraft was seen as a combat aircraft.

The engines were based on the MiG-31 engine. During the period of flights there were no failures with them.

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2 Responses to “The Soviet Stratospheric Planes”

  1. john says:

    Sad to see it in that condition.

  2. Tillerman says:

    The aircraft with the hump is another one than the derelict, as it has another registration number.

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