Romanian Air Force retires its MiG-21 LanceR fighter fleet

Romanian Air Force retires its MiG-21 LanceR fighter fleet

On May 15, 2023 the Romanian Air Force retired its fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets as the NATO member and… Read More

3 weeks ago

Slovak Air Force to donate approximately 13 MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine (in return Slovakia will receive unspecified US military systems worth $700 Million)

The Slovak Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď commented on the unspecified systems delivery, saying that it should be made public… Read More

3 months ago

Israeli F-4 Navigator tells the story of when he and his pilot and their wingman engaged North Korean MiG-21 during the Yom Kippur War

“The MiG pilot was extraordinarily good, flying wild and reacting time. He was alone against the two of us and… Read More

7 months ago

Romania had to ground its MiG-21 LanceR fleet earlier this year because the jets were supplied with low-quality jet fuel

Overtime, the fuel pumps of the MiG-21 LanceR jets began exhibiting symptoms and were unable to operate properly. Alert 5… Read More

8 months ago

We shed light on the Kill scored by Commander Emory Brown against North Vietnamese MiG-21 (Brown was VF-84 CO when the Jolly Rogers did the flying scenes for the movie “The Final Countdown”)

We have been interviewing Commander Emory Brown, USN, Ret. who inspired us since childhood when his squadron VF-84, did the… Read More

12 months ago

The Cuban Air Force pilot that defected to the US with his MiG-23. He then borrowed Cessna 310, flew back to Cuba and brought his family to America.

On Mar. 20, 1991 MiG-23 pilot Orestes Lorenzo Perez circled the Naval Air Station Key West three times, waggling the… Read More

1 year ago

F-105 pilot Merlyn Dethlefsen made multiple passes to destroy North Vietnamese SAM site with his Thud heavy damaged by AAA and engaged by MiG-21s

For his conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Capt. Dethlefsen was… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the North Vietnamese MiG-21 Fishbed fighters tasked to attack USAF EB-66 Destroyer electronic attack aircraft

The VPAF’s determination to eliminate the highly disruptive effects of EB-66 jamming increased their efforts at interception. Air Defence Command… Read More

1 year ago

Did you know the F-104 had not been the only “Widow Maker?” During the Cold War the MiG-19, MiG-21 and F-100 had high accident rates too

The F-104 was not the only fighter aircraft to have high accident rate during the Cold War. The first… Read More

1 year ago

In 1970s Israeli pilots who would have led Operation Opera went to TOPGUN and taught instructors tactics for F-4 versus MiG-21 and One versus Many

The Israelis sent an F-4 crew to TOPGUN following the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The history of air combat has… Read More

1 year ago

Exercise Skyshield: the day RAF Vulcan strategic bombers fooled American and Canadian interceptors and penetrated NORAD’s massive surveillance system

Exercise Skyshield had its limitations in that the only way to see how Vulcan would have coped against a… Read More

1 year ago

Soviet Pilot who test flew captured F-5 against MiG-21, MiG-23 explains why the Tiger beat the Fishbed, Flogger in every engagement

‘Every flight ended with the same result: MiG-21 lost, although he had much higher thrust-to-weight ratio,’ Vladimir Kondaurov, Soviet pilot… Read More

2 years ago

Project Featherduster: the exercise that proved the F-104 could have been better MiG killer than the F-4C, F-105D and F-100D

Pilots flying the F-86H in the role of the MiG-17 found that the F-104 was the most challenging of all… Read More

2 years ago

The story behind the gun-camera sequences featuring Syrian MiG-21s shot down by Israeli Mirage IIIs

Al-Masry’s jet was then hit by 30mm cannon fire from one of Mirages and exploded, killing the pilot. It was… Read More

2 years ago

Israeli Mirage IIIs and Israeli F-4 Phantom IIs Vs Soviet MiG-21s: the day Israeli fighters ambushed Soviet Fishbeds over the Suez Canal

With everything in place, the front 4 Mirages turned around and thus the 12 Israelis sandwiched the 4 Soviet MiG-21s…… Read More

2 years ago

The story behind this incredible photo of North Vietnamese MiG-21 flying extremely close to a Firebee drone (and other BQM-34 tales)

The deployment of BQM-34 Firebee reconnaissance drones during the Vietnam War (and over the PR China) would be worth a… Read More

2 years ago

The unknown story of the Israeli F-4s that dogfighted with North Korean MiG-21s during the Yom Kippur War

"Seconds later we saw them, two MiGs. Crossover and the two of us engaged them. One MiG disappeared the other… Read More

2 years ago