Designed as a heavier, more powerful improvement on the MiG-21 Fishbed, the MiG 23 first flew on June 10, 1967. This fighter/bomber had variable-sweep wings and could achieve speeds greater than Mach 2. It was the first Soviet aircraft capable of firing "beyond-visual-range" missiles, and the first to have look-down/shoot-down radar. This 1/72 scale, die cast model from Hobby Master recreates the MIG-23MLD as flown in the Soviet Air Force in 1990. Features include realistic panel lines and surface details, opening canopies, intricate interiors, interchangeable landing gear, authentic markings, and a display stand. 9 ¼" long.