1/72 scale Myasishchev M-17 Mystic-A / Stratosfera - Russian equivalent of Lockheed U-2 spyplane

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#AA-2073   1/72 scale  Myasishchev M-17 Stratosfera  Russian equivalent of U-2

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

29 resin parts

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Decal

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Span 520 mm

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Length 317 mm

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Unit price: US$68

Shipping charge: US$9.00

Each model kit contents 1 sheet of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$0.50

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Aircraft History and Specification

In May 1960, when the U-2 spy-plane was shot down over Ukraine, American started to use alternative unmanned balloon that prevailing winds would carry it across Soviet territory. The Soviet PVO (air defense forces) found this tread difficult to counter, and ordered Myasishchev to be head of a secret tasked with a high-altitude balloon destroyer aircraft. The result was the M-17 Mystic-A. The first prototype was first flown and crashed in 1978. The second prototype was constructed to a modified design, and first flown in 1982. After the U.S. reconnaissance balloon program ended by spy satellite program, the M-17 was modified as reconnaissance and research aircraft, and were used for aerodynamic and atmospheric research, NATO re-designated its code-name Stratosfera. In 1990, it set 25 international speed/ climb/ height records. In 1992, it investigated the "hole" in ozone layer over the Antarctic. The M-17 fulfilled all its design objectives, and proved successful in its politico-military role.

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High altitude reconnaissance aircraft

To fly reconnaissance at very high altitude.

37.47m.

22.86m.

4.70m.

1x RKBM Rybinsk RD-36-51V turbojet engine

466 mph

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Model References

The Myasishchev M-17 Mystic-A is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Modern U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. spy plane

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady

Myasishchev M-17 Stratosfera

Myasishchev M-55 Geofizka

Modern Soviet aircraft