TEL AVIV (Oct. 23)
Two Soviet MIG-23 supersonic jets overflew Israeli positions on the southern front yesterday at an altitude of 70,000 feet, apparently to survey the deployment of Israeli forces, it was reported today. The MIG-23, known by the NATO code name “Fox-bat” is reportedly the fastest and highest flying combat plane in the world. It is flown exclusively by-Russian pilots and none of the Warsaw Pact states or any allies of the Soviet Union are known to have been supplied with that aircraft. The “Foxbat” is said to have a speed 3-4 times the speed of sound.