Tag: MiG-21

Alone Vs six MiGs: the legendary Dogfight of Dick “Brown Bear” Schaffert
Schaffert had survived a gruelling ten-minute solo combat with six MiGs — a classic engagement still examined at Topgun decades later During the Vietnam War, the 'Sundowners' (VF-111) logged six deployments, scoring MiG kills in F-8s and F-4 Phantom IIs. Noteworthy one of the highlights of the 1967...
This VFA-81 F/A-18C driver scored the first (of only two) U.S. Navy MiG Kill during Operation Desert Storm
"This is the first time to my knowledge that an airplane scored a kill while carrying four 2,000-lb bombs, then continued on to hit its target,” Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox, VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornet Pilot On Jan. 17, 1991 Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox and Lieutenant Nick Mongillo launched with five other VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornets as part...
These Men were the first Top Gun Graduates to score a MiG Kill
Beaulier went after the second MiG, using a 'lag pursuit' tactic to give his F-4J Phantom II the correct distance for an AIM-9D shot... The main image of this article shows Lt Jerry Beaulier (left) and Lt(jg) Steve Barkley (sporting his famous moustache) of VF-142 eagerly examine a congratulatory bottle of champagne, presumably from the carrier battle group commander, after...
India to gift three airworthy MiG-21s to Russia
The MiG-21s are in flight-worthy condition and will get new registration numbers and may be adopted for vintage flight The Hindu is reporting that India plans to donate three MiG-21s to Russia when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits New Delhi on Oct. 4 for an official visit. “Three MiG-21s are scheduled to be handed over to Russians based on a request...
Former VFC-13 Adversary Pilot explains how you can fly and fight in the iconic F-5 Tiger II
"I once matched an F-14D through a double-Immelman, though at the top I was desperately stirring the pot clawing for purchase. But the Tomcat driver was so unnerved that he was off his game for the rest of the fight. It was in this way that the F-5 actualized its mission. It was a pilot’s machine that rewarded its...
Romanian Air Force MiG-21 Lancer crashes during airshow, killing pilot
The MiG-21 Lancer was flown by Lieutenant-commander Florin Rotaru, 36 Taken on Jul. 7, 2018 the video in this post shows a Romanian Air Force (RoAF) MiG-21 Lancer fighter jet crashing at Base 86 Borcea during Borcea Open Day, killing its pilot. According Reuters, eyewitnesses at the airshow, attended by about 4,000 people, said the plane exploded when it hit the...
"Operation Drugstore:" when IAF fighters shot down 88 Syrian aircraft during air battles over the Bekaa Valley
Many Syrian MiGs were blasted from the sky before they ever saw or met their adversary at the merge By June 1982, the Lebanese Civil War had been going on — off and on — for seven years. It began as a conflict between Christian Planange Party militia and various Muslim factions, including, the PLO (which had been in Lebanon...
Remembering the Canadian Aircraft Altitude Record set by Bud White's CF-104 Starfighter
'On December 14, 1967, when I managed to reach 100,110 feet and authenticate it, we wisely decided to call it a day. Interestingly, that record still stands today as a Canadian national altitude record,' Bud White, RCAF CF-104 pilot who set the Canadian Aircraft Altitude Record Designed as a supersonic air superiority fighter, the F-104 Starfighter was a technological marvel when it...
Col. John "JB" Stone, the pilot who devised Operation Bolo, flies with the Wolf Pack one more time
  Over some cheap beers with Olds and critical thought of the resources available, Col. John "JB" Stone devised the plan that would later become a pivotal point in aviation history Everyone knows the moment the Wolf Pack was born in 1967 under the leadership of Robin Olds, but some may not know where the idea to disguise F-4s as F-105s...
Colonel Georgy Mosolov flew the prototype of the legendary MiG-21 fighter on its first flight on Feb. 14, 1955 MiG Corporation announced on Mar. 19 that Soviet test pilot Georgy Mosolov has died at the age of 91 in Moscow. "The legend of jet aviation has passed away," MIG’s Director General Ilya Tarasenko said. "He was a merited test pilot who made a...