MiG-21MF, No. 7628, Egyptian Air Force, Tanta AB, Arab Republic of Egypt, 1988
Aircraft No. 7628 represents the appearance of Egyptian military aircraft that are known through to the present day. The black
outlined bright orange fields appeared on Egyptian aircraft at the end of the seventies, not only on the MiG-21s, but also on other
fighters such as the MiG-19, F-4 Phantom and Mirage. The reason for this practice was better visual recognition of friendly aircraft in combat during the war with Libya.
MiG-21MF, 9th Fighter Air Regiment, Bechyně AB, Czechoslovakia, 1989–1993
This aircraft was built in 1974 with serial number 969712 and was subsequently delivered to Czechoslovakia. It served with the
4th Fighter Regiment at Pardubice until it was transferred to the 9th Fighter Regiment based at Bechyně in May 1989. The aircraft
was decorated with the coat of arms of the Bechyně city on the left side of the nose. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, this
aircraft was assigned to the Slovak Air Force, and is currently in the collection of the Trenčín Air Museum. The aircraft sports the
original camouflage scheme as it was delivered from the Soviet Union.
MiG-21MF, 4th Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Sliač AB, Slovakia, July 1997
This unique camouflage scheme came about in July 1997, when 31st AFB Sliač personnel applied it to the aircraft with serial
No. 967713, and subsequently dubbed it ‘Milka’ for its resemblance to the coloring of a cow. The aircraft flew into August 2000
and was scrapped at Přelouč in 2010. The individual shades on the painting scheme were derived by mixing black and white
paints available to the general public, and as such, these were not any military standard paints. The left front carried the 4th
Squadron emblem, the right carried the marking of the 31st AFB Sliač. The aircraft was flown by pplk. (LtCol.) Zsoldos, the
crew chief for the aircraft was kpt. (Capt.) Krucina.
INFO Eduard - August 2021