Tag: MiG-23 Flogger

That Time Gaddafi Scrambled 70 Fighters to Intercept US Navy Aircraft that Crossed the Line of Death
No less than 35 pairs of Libyan interceptors, including a total of 70 MiG-23MS's, MiG-25Ps, Mirage F.1s, and even Su-22s, Su-22Ms and MiG-25RBs, approached US Navy aircraft on Aug. 18, 1981. Relations between Libya under Gaddafi's rule and the USA gradually worsened after Tripoli's announcement that the Gulf of Syrte (known as the...
That time an IrAF MiG-23ML mistakenly shot down an IRIAF F-14A that was defecting to Iraq
Shortly after taking a smooth right turn, the two MiG-23MLs from No. 63 Squadron rolled out barely 8nm behind the F-14A, meanwhile underway well inside the Iraqi airspace… Although most of Iraqi sources maintain that the Iranian F-14A never proved particularly effective, and never had much success during the Iran-Iraq War, cross-examination of...
Here’s why the Libyan MiG-23 that crashed on Mount Sila was not involved in the Ustica Massacre
“Captain Koal MiG-23 was unarmed and carried no extra fuel tanks. He has got a new breathing mask that day. Our subsequent investigation has shown that this mask was too big. When he climbed to an altitude above 5,000 metres, he forgot to activate 100% oxygen and went into hypoxia,” Hazem al-Bajign, former Libyan Arab Air...
Libyan MiG-23 pilot remembers a memorable dogfight with U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats
“I pushed my throttle to full dry power while my aircraft went through the vertical and pointed at the Tomcats while still inverted. Both Tomcat crews were fantastic: they followed the manoeuvre and we met at the top,” Abdelmajid Tayari, former Libyan MiG-23 pilot. Following a series of terrorist attacks on US and...
Tomcat 4-Libya 0: how two U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Qaddafi’s MiG-23s over the Gulf of Sidra on Jan. 4, 1989
After returning to the carrier, both the F-14s received single FLOGGER 'kill' markings above the nose MODEX, although these were removed by the time the jets returned to Oceana on Jan. 31 Jan. 4, 1989 was a historic day for VF-32, and the Tomcat community as a whole, when the F-14 once...
That time a Cuban-flown Angolan MiG-23 accidentally fired two missiles at a BAe 125 business jet carrying the president of Botswana
For unknown reasons, the Angolan MiG-23 fired a missile, which blew the starboard engine clean off the BAe 125. A second missile hit the same engine after it had already left the aircraft In mid-1988 Cuba and the Soviet Union agreed to a phased withdrawal from First Angolan Civil War in exchange for a South African withdrawal and agreement to...
MiG-23 Vs Mirage F.1: when Cuban-flown Angolan Floggers clashed with South African Mirages
The SAAF had to admit that - thanks to the superior armament of the Cuban-flown MiG-23MLs - Angola was now in possession of air superiority Located in south-central Africa, the Republic of Angola is a former Portuguese colony. It remained a Portuguese overseas province from the 16th century until it gained independence on Nov. 1, 1975, following the end of...
That time two USAF F-15s intercepted a pilotless Soviet MiG-23 in German Airspace: the Story of the Fourth of July Alpha Scramble
'The expression "Houston, we have a problem!" would fit perfectly here. "JD" explained that there is a problem — no pilot!,' Bill "Turf" Murphy F-15 Driver On Jul. 4, 1989, Captains J. D. "JD" Martin and Bill "Turf" Murphy checked in at the temporary Zulu facility's at Soesterberg to assume the duties of ALPHA KILO ZERO ONE and ZERO was TWO....
How the defection to Israel of a Syrian Air Force MiG-23-pilot embarrassed the IAF
Although the IAF were pleased to get their hands on the MiG-23, they were somewhat embarrassed that an enemy jet had flown across the border and landed completely unchallenged After a 23-year wait, the Israel Air Force (IAF) got their chance to do another detailed engineering evaluation of a frontline Arab fighter. As with the MiG-21, this MiG-23 came by...
Soviet Floggers Vs U.S. Navy Tomcats: When Superpowers Fought it out in the South China Sea
Hooter was able to maneuver his Tomcat above and behind the MiG and expertly kept his advantage. After a series of maneuvers, the MiG reversed aggressively and the two jets ended up going into a rolling scissors... Although the Cold War never erupted into all-out war, the U.S. and the Soviet Union did have many military interactions with one another...