@john-norris I was just reading something about how the F-5's area-ruled design inspired Raymond Loewy to incorporate coke bottle styling into the Studebaker Avanti, which was then also adopted by a decent number of other early '60s car designs.
Flogger pilots were confident that they could defeat USAF F-4 Phantoms, but the new F-16 Falcons were judged to be a fair match, and the F-15 Eagles were feared.
Funnily enough the -23s that aren't the export specials might have come out ahead of the Viper, since early Vipers didn't have BVR capabilities, strike fighter first and all that.
The Flogger's advanced design and ongoing QC issues
The cockpit design isn't very good, although it is from the age before ergonomics were seriously considered in aircraft cockpit design. Early variants also handled horribly at high angles of attack. Some Constant Peg accounts go as far as to say that it tried to kill them every flight... and one actually killed General Robert Bond, although stupidity on his part also did a lot of work (pretty surprised you didn't manage to wedge that in).
@skyfire77 In addition to the exports you mentioned, South Africa worked with IAI to integrate many of the Kfir's improvements into their Mirage III fleet, creating the fairly similar Atlas Cheetah:
South Africa no longer operates the type, but Ecuador has bought some of the retired planes, and Draken operates them as agressors.
Great post! I love how wide ranging you are in these.
Thank you! I do try to cover as many bases as possible, so my definition of "aviation" may be a bit broad at times. I also try hard to represent more women who were aviation pioneers, since they still get short shrift these days.
As for the Lego Winnie Mae, I recently built the Amelia Earhart tribute set. As soon as I finished it, I wondered if I could order all the pieces in white and make a Winnie Mae with the same instructions. Then it would just be a matter of sourcing the stickers somewhere. Oh, and trying to find a one-eyed Wily Post minifigure....
June 21, 1961 – The first flight of the Aviation Traders Carvair, an aircraft developed from the Douglas DC-4 by entrepreneur Freddie Laker to allow travelers to take their cars with them on holiday. The DC-4 was modified by placing the flight deck in a raised section above the main fuselage to provide room for five cars and 22 passengers, or three cars and 50 passengers. The flexible design of the Carvair meant that the configuration could be changed on the ground between flights in as little as 40 minutes. A total of 21 DC-4s were converted and flown by various airlines in Europe, and one remains in service, based in Denton, Texas, which set a world record in 2005 when it carried 80 skydivers aloft.