MiG-23

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

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

The MiG-23 The MiG-23 is a variable swept wing, single-engine aircraft designed as a follow-on to the MiG-21 Fishbed. It… Read More

1 week ago

Iraqi Air Force fighter jets were buried in the desert by Saddam Hussein before Operation Iraqi Freedom started. Here’s why.

No Iraqi Air Force opposition during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On Mar. 20, 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) began with preemptive… Read More

5 months ago

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

During a training mission on Mar. 20, 1991, Orestes Lorenzo Perez flew the MiG-23 from Cuba to Key West. When… Read More

12 months ago

The story of Mathias Rust, the German teenager who humiliated the Soviet War Machine by landing his Cessna 172 in Moscow’s Red Square

After Mathias Rust’s landing in Red Square, Muscovites joked the place was now Sheremetyevo 3, as Sheremetyevo 1 and 2… Read More

2 years ago

The Cuban Air Force pilot that defected to the US with his MiG-23. He then borrowed a 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

2 years ago

Up to eight Cold War-Era MiG-23 Flogger fighter jets to be restored for flight in the US

Two Cold War-Era MiG-23 fighter jets have already been brought to a hangar near the East Texas Regional Airport to… Read More

2 years 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

The Libyan MiG-23 pilot that fled to a Greek WW II airfield and all the skirmishes between Gaddafi’s fighters and US and French reconnaissance aircraft until early 1981

MiG-23 pilot Hazem al-Bajigni subsequently found himself accused of intending to steal a C-130 transport and fly the plotters out… Read More

3 years ago

Remembering the Iraqi Air Force fighter jets found buried in the desert by American Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom

“When United States and coalition forces invaded Iraq in 2003 [during Operation Iraqi Freedom], they faced no Iraqi Air Force… Read More

3 years ago

That time a Sukhoi Su-15 crashed after ramming an Iranian Canadair CL-44 carrying smuggled weapons through Soviet Airspace

Moving into line astern formation, the Su-15 pitched up into a climb and sliced off the CL-44's starboard tailplane with… Read More

3 years ago

When Gaddafi ordered a MiG-23 to collide with a Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 727 to demonstrate negative effects of international sanctions imposed on Libya

The MiG-23UB crew were shocked to sense a detonation on the underside or below their aircraft. A fire broke out.… Read More

4 years ago

Former IRIAF F-14 Pilot explains how he was able to dodge 20 Matra missiles fired at his Tomcat by Iraqi Fighter Jets

“I called the ground radar but didn’t receive a reply. I tried again and still got no reply. After my… Read More

4 years ago

Hot Skies Over Afghanistan: That Time a Pakistani F-16 damaged a Soviet MiG-23 Attacking Targets over the Border between Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Pakistani F-16 pilot released two AIM-9L, rolled 135 degrees and left the fight 'head over heels' from within 1500… Read More

4 years ago

The Myth of Soviet Arms and Tactics in the Middle East, Part Three: Single-Engined F-14s and the Iran-Iraq War

The huge 1974 arms deal between Tripoli and Moscow resulted in several – outright ‘nightmarish’ – experiences with Soviet arms.… Read More

4 years ago

The Myth of Soviet Arms and Tactics in the Middle East, Part Two: The Six-Day War, the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War

Syria accepted about 32 Soviet advisors, but especially officers of its air force just couldn’t stand the Soviets: one of… Read More

5 years ago

“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… Read More

6 years ago

Legendary Soviet test pilot Georgy Mosolov has passed away. He had been the first to fly the MiG-21.

Colonel Georgy Mosolov flew the prototype of the legendary MiG-21 fighter on its first flight on Feb. 14, 1955 MiG Corporation… Read More

6 years ago