[Photo] An unusual paint scheme on an ex-Polish Fishbed: Adversary Mig-21s have reached Florida

Oct 15 2013 - 7 Comments
By Jacek Siminski

The Polish MiG-21s we have written about a few days ago seem to have already reached Florida to provide threat simulation services from Eglin Air Force Base.

A photo shows one of the 25 MiGs bought back in September, that looks nothing like any other aggressor jet: the paint scheme is surely not based on the ex-Soviet Su-27s nor Iranian F-14s.

The MiGs have served with the Polish Air Force for nearly half the century; they are now going to be flown against U.S. top fighter jocks during simulated Top Gun-like air-to-air engagements.

Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist

Image Credit: Draken International

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  • GG

    Why they choose an obsolete aircraft like mig 21?

    • shaggy10

      Check out Draken’s website. They use them in multiple ways. They can simulate a cruise missile, or since they have over 20 of them, can try to cause havoc with EW and mass formations on a smaller group of advanced planes (F-35). And plenty of other nations still use the 21, so it’s good to still train against them.

    • Gruia

      It’s still difficult to intercept low flying aircraft moving at Mach 2.

  • DJS

    Looks a lot like the Black Diamond Jet Team scheme, they’re also based at Lakeland. Is there a relationship between Draken and the Black Diamond Team?

    • Chri5c38

      They are one in the same, look on the Draken Website, the left wing, Jared, is the CEO

  • kqn

    The MIg21 with R73 at low speeds is a handful even for 4th or 4.5 generation fighters.

  • usdgzf

    low cost, small 4 radar. with tumansky 25-300 >2M. with r73 and r 27 unpleasent opponent