MiG-21BIS, c/n 75084300, HävLLv 31, Kuopio airbase, Finland, 1980 – 1981
This aircraft was accepted for service on July 17, 1980 and
assigned to 31 Fighter Squadron (Hävittäjälentolaivue 31,
abbreviated HävLLv 31). It became the last of six Finnish
MiG-21BIS fighters to be modified for reconnaissance tasks.
After the modification, the aircraft was assigned to TiedLLv
(Reconnaissance Squadron) and following its end of service it
was used as a teaching aid at the Technical School located at
the Kuopio Air Base. The aircraft is shown as it appeared between
1980 and 1981 before being upgraded by western avionics, which
included cockpit instrumentation. Unlike other users, Finland
used capital letters for designation of their MiGs, that’s why it is
written as BIS here as well.
MiG-21bis, c/n 75080880, 1 Pucki DLMW, Lotnictwo Marynarki Wojennej,
Gdynia-Babie Doły, Poland, late 1997
This aircraft was delivered to Poland on March 22, 1980 and was
assigned to the 1 Pucki Dywizjon Lotniczy (Air Division) of the
Polish Naval Forces. The emblem on the tail surface indicates
service with the 2nd Eskadra (Squadron) of the Division. The
look of the plane evolved over time, and in 2001 it flew with
a sharkmouth and a tiger motif on the brake chute housing.
MiG-21bis, c/n 75061874, 47 Pápa Harcászati Repülő Ezred, Pápa airbase,
MiG-21bis, serial number 75061874, served with the 47
Combat Regiment (Harcászati Repülõezred). In 1991, it received
a temporary white coloring on the rear of the fuselage and
a portion of the bottom. In this guise, it took part in DACT
(Dissimilar Air Combat Training) exercises, in which the opposing
aircraft pitted againt each other were of differing types. Later, it
was assigned to the “Sky Hussars” demonstration team. In 2006,
it was mothballed and put in storage at Papa, and in 2007, it was
sold into the private collection of Gerhard Neumann Museum at
Niederalteich in Germany.