32nd Tactical Reconnaissance Air Regiment, Polish Air Force, Sochaczew-Bielice Air Base,
Poland, early 1980s
MiG-21R s/n 94R011423 was delivered to Poland on September 29, 1968, along with another 'R'. These two examples were the
first MiG-21Rs to arrive in Poland. The '1423' was flown by the 41st Fighter Air Regiment based at Malbork Air Base. In a very
short period of time, on July 8, 1969, the aircraft was overhanded to the 21st Tactical Reconnaissance Air Regiment and moved
to Sochaczew. From December 1982 it entered the inventory of the 2nd Squadron, 32nd Tactical Reconnaissance Air Regiment.
Service with this unit is symbolized by the squadron badge on the port side of the nose, while the starboard side sports the 32nd
Tactical Reconnaissance Air Regiment unit badge. This aircraft is preserved at the air museum in Drzonow in Poland.
Cuban Air Force, 1980s – 1990s
The Cuban Air Force obtained twelve MiG-21Rs in total. These were delivered from the Soviet Union and put into service in 1968.
Aircraft No. 111 can be seen at the air museum in Havana. The green and blue camouflage scheme was recently seen on Cuban
Air Force aircraft. The instrument panel of this MiG is painted black despite the specification calling for turquoise. Cuban
MiG-21Rs were typically armed with two R-3S missiles mounted along with recce pod and two external 490l fuel tanks.
INFO Eduard - October 2021