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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...
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...
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...
What Should’ve been the F-14 Tomcat’s First Air-Air Kill of Desert Storm
Remembering that there could be no friendly aircraft north of his F-14, Glaze cut the range to the target down to 20 miles and repeatedly told his RIO to lock up the target... On Aug. 2, 1990, Iraq invaded its southern neighbour Kuwait, provoking the affair that was to result in UN-sanctions and US-led Operation Desert Storm, aimed at liberating...

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