263rd Independent Reconnaissance Air Squadron, Soviet Air Force, Kabul Airfield, Afghanistan, 1981
Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, recce aircraft appeared at local airfields. The 263rd Independent Reconnaissance
Air Squadron (ORAE) moved to Afghanistan in early January 1980 and found its home at Bagram and Kandahar air bases. The
squadron began to fly their aircraft from Kabul in late April 1980 and stayed there till 1984. The depicted MiG-21R was one of the
recce aircraft that operated from this air base. The camouflage scheme was created to match the appearance of the local landscape. Many Soviet aircraft flown in Afghanistan were equipped with chaff and flare dispensers. These could be carried by this
specific aircraft as well, however this are not visible in photographs.
353rd Reconnaissance Air Squadron, Yugoslav Air Force, Zelyava Air Base, Yugoslavia, 1971
The Yugoslav Air Force purchased a dozen MiG-21Rs from the Soviet Union. These were delivered either in 1968 or 1969 and
served under the local type designation L-14I. The first user of Aircraft 26104 was the 126th Reconnaissance Squadron that flew
all of the Yugoslav MiG-21Rs. This Squadron was a part of the 204th Fighter Air Regiment. The next users of this aircraft were
the 352nd and 353rd Reconnaissance Squadrons prior to being scrapped at Kraljevo. The white lightning appeared on the nose
during 'Sloboda' military exercise in 1971.
Air Test Department, Czech Air Force, Caslav Air Base, Czechoslovakia, 1994
The appearance of the MiG-21R No. 1501 (s/n 94R001501) changed many times during its service in the Czechoslovak and Czech
Air Force. Delivered in natural metal finish, it served in that form until general overhaul when a green and brown camouflage
was applied. The black and white checkerboard on the rudder and triangles on the nose were painted afterwards. The aircraft
was delivered to Czechoslovakia in January 1969 and was flown by the 47th Reconnaissance Air Regiment till 1993. In 1994, after
overhaul, it was flown by the 28th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment for a short period and then used by the Air Test Department
(also known as 'Stress Flight') during late 1994 and 1995. The 47th Recce Air Regiment unit badge – a jackal head – is painted on
the port side of the nose. The nickname of ground personnel member DOKTOR is painted on the canopy frame. Currently, the
aircraft is preserved in Prague-Kbely Air Museum.
INFO Eduard - October 2021