Destroyed MiG-25 in Iraqi Aircraft Graveyard

mig 25 destroyed  Destroyed MiG-25 in Iraqi Aircraft Graveyard(Image: David O, cc-3.0)

This ill-fated MiG-25 Foxbat is one of the numerous fighters of the Iraqi Air Force that never even got airborne during the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.  Liberally daubed in graffiti  by coalition troops, the forward fuselage of this twin-seat training variant has broken away from the rest of the jet.  It’s unclear whether it was hit by a bomb or was destroyed prior to the invasion.  Another battered addition to the growing aircraft graveyards littering Iraqi airbases, this MiG-25 fared significantly worse than some of its Soviet-built counterparts.

mig 25 destroyed 2  Destroyed MiG-25 in Iraqi Aircraft Graveyard(Image: Bahamut0013, cc-sa-3.0)

Above is another destroyed MiG-25 that doesn’t look beyond restoration (admittedly not to flying condition) compared to one above.  Don’t miss more impressive plane graveyards here.