No. 4326, 921th Fighter Regiment, Noi Bai AB, Democratic Republic of Vietnam, late 60s/early 70s
This aircraft was delivered to Vietnam in 1966 and served as a part of 921st Fighter Regiment. Thirteen red stars painted on the
nose depict victories gained by the pilots who flew this aircraft. One of them was Nguyen Van Coc, the most successful Vietnamese fighter ace with nine confirmed kills to his credit. He downed F-4B BuNo. 151485 on May 7, 1968 while at the controls of this
particular MiG. ‘Red 4326' is currently displayed in Air Force museum in Hanoi.
c/n 761008, Jagdfliegergeschwader 2, Trollenhagen Air Base, German Democratic Republic, late 80s
East German air force received this MiG on May 1, 1965. The aircraft was flown by JG 8, JG 9 and finally by JG 2. The aircraft was
put out of service in 1988 and scrapped shortly afterwards despite a plan to sell it to Iran. This MiG became well know thanks to
a propaganda movie. The fuselage number was changed to 'Red 1851' for filming. The Q-badge painted on the left side of the nose
indicated that the ground personnel responsible for this aircraft were recognized for the high quality of their work.
Soviet Air Force, České Budějovice Air Base, Czechoslovakia, late August 1968
On August 21, 1968, Warsaw Pact armed forces led by the Soviet Union began to occupy Czechoslovakia. This act, coded Operation 'Danube', led to the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia lasting over twenty years. The MiG-21PF 'Red 40' participated in the
invasion of Czechoslovakia in August, 1968. Two red bands on the tail marked aircraft that were used during Operation Danube.
INFO Eduard - December 2021