MiG-21bis, Tactics & Air Combat Development Establishment,
Jamnagar airbase, India, September 1986
The aircraft coded C2305 was assigned to the Center for the
development of tactics for aerial combat and served there during
September 1986. The front of the aircraft referred to its former
user, No. 4 Squadron of the IAF. This unit was dubbed “Oorials”
after the local type of mountain sheep. Together with the unit’s
motto, “Honor over Death” this symbolizes stamina, strength, and
a fighting spirit. The colorful paint scheme of Indian MiGs was
used during one of the military exercises.
MiG-21bisD, c/n 75002075, 22 eskadrila lovačkih zrakoplova, Pula airbase, Croatia, 2008
This aircraft was one of a number of MiG-21s purchased in the
first half of the nineties despite a UN embargo from the Ukraine.
The first unit to use the aircraft was the 22 eskadrila lovačkih
zrakoplova (Fighter Squadron) based at Pula. In 2003, this was
one of eight MiG-21bis aircraft to be modernized in Romania by
Aerostar to MiG-21bisD standard. Later, the plane was observed
at Zagreb, Tchakovec and Zadar. It carries a typical camouflage
scheme for the modernized bisD aircraft.
MiG-21bis, No. 3 Air Base, Graf Ignatevo, Bulgaria, from 2002
MiG-21bis serial number 75094114 was delivered to Bulgaria in
1983. The first user of the aircraft was the 19 Fighter Regiment.
From 2002, it served at Air Base No. 3 based at Graf Ignatevo,
where the MiG-21s shared the base with the more modern
MiG-29s. The last MiG-21bis delivered directly from the factory
was retired from the Bulgarian Air Force in 2015, while the
second-hand aircraft from the Soviet Air Force delivered in 1990
were retired in 2000.