No. 5121, Phạm Tuân, 921 Fighter Regiment, Noi Bai AB, Democratic Republic of Vietnam, December 1972
MiG-21MF with tactical number 5121 is currently on display in the museum of the Vietnam People’s Air Force in Hanoi. Reportedly, on December 27, 1972, Phạm Tuân flew this aircraft when he shot down an American B-52 which took part in bombing operations during the Linebacker II offensive. It would be the only MiG-21MF kill of a Stratofortress, but American sources claim the bomber was lost to anti-aircraft SAM system. Phạm Tuân would later become the only Vietnamese astronaut. He was a crewmember of Soyuz 37 mission and orbited the earth 142 times in the Salyut 6 space station. For his accomplishments, he was awarded high Vietnamese commendations and was one of a few foreigners to be awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union.
No. 9712, 9 Fighter Regiment, Bechyně, Czechoslovakia, 1989–1993
This aircraft with serial number 969712 was built in 1974 and subsequently delivered to Czechoslovakia, where it served with the 4 slp (stíhací letecký pluk - Fighter Regiment) based in Pardubice. It was handed over to 9 Fighter Regiment in Bechyně in May 1989. There it flew with the coat of arms of the Bechyně town on the left side of the nose. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia the aircraft was assigned to the Slovak Air Force, and is currently in the collection of the air museum at Trenčín, Slovakia. The aircraft still has the original camouflage scheme from the Soviet Union delivery.
No. 127, 812th Training Air Regiment, Kharkiv Higher Military Aviation School of Pilots, Kupyansk Airfield, the Soviet Union, August 1991
This aircraft, adorned with a shark mouth and eyes, served with the 812. UAP (812 Training Air Regiment) operating within the structure of the Kharkiv higher training facility, which was in 2003 named after the famous fighter ace and triple Hero of the Soviet Union Ivan N. Kozhedub (who was in fact Ukrainian). This one was among the aircraft that were displayed during the open house on August 18, 1991.
No. 8447, No. 46 Squadron, Egypt, 1973
This is an aircraft from No. 46 Squadron as it appeared during combat exercises prior to the Yom Kipur War in 1973. To allow quick identification, aircraft carried a large black letter with white outline on the fin. The nose sported painting of the goddess Nekhbet, protector of Upper Egypt. Aircraft coded 8447 survived the Yom Kipur War and was photographed with this camouflage and markings at Cairo in October 1975.
No. 9111, 3 Squadron of Tactical Aviation, Poznań Krzesiny, Poland, 2002
The 3 ELT (Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego – Squadron of Tactical Aviation) was formed at Poznań Krzesiny on January 1, 2001. The unit was equipped with MiG-21MF, bis and UM aircraft, but the MiG-21MFs were used for two years only, i.e., till the end of 2002. The MiG-21bis version stayed until 2003 when it was decided to replace them with F-16s. On April 1, 2008, the 3 ELT, 6 ELT and the 31 Baza Lotnicza (31 Air Base) were disbanded and the 31 Baza Lotnictwa Taktycznego (31 Tactical Air Base) was formed. Since 2007, this aircraft has been displayed at Poznan Krzesiny. It is camouflaged in the same shades of grey as used on F-15s and F-16s. The raven’s head marking on the finwas applied in 2002 on the occasion of a gathering of commanding officers in Berlin. The emblem of 3 Squadron, the predecessor of the 3 ELT, is painted below the windscreen.