The Portuguese Air Force has released some really interesting footage. Including a segment recorded during a dogfight with a Polish Mig-29.
The following videos show the F-16 jets of the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa – FAP) which operates a fleet of 25 F-16AM-15MLU and 5 F-16BM-15MLU two seater Fighting Falcons.
The first one brings you aboard a PoAF F-16AM of the Esquadra 301 during a training mission from Monte Real airbase, located to the north of Lisbon.
The following videos show an F-16 of the Esq 301 performing BFM (Basic Fighter Maneuvers) with a Polish Mig-29 Fulcrum. On Sept. 1, Portugal took over the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission from Poland. Six PoAF F-16s are currently deployed to Siauliai airbase, in Lithuania.
And here below you can watch the footage filmed during the flyby which celebrated the handover between the 35th and 36th Baltic Air Policing rotations. It shows the Portuguese F-16 flying in formation with a Polish Mig-29, a British Eurofighter Typhoon and a Canadian CF-18.
H/T to our reader War Junior for the heads up.
Serbian Mig-29s airborne again thanks to the batteries donated by Moscow.
Serbian Air Force Mig-29s returned to active service on Sept. 2, when a Fulcrum jet flew with accumulators provided by Russia.
The jets were grounded four months ago because of battery isses that made them unfit to fly.
According to the Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic the donation, a gift by Russian President Vladimir Putin, enabled the Serbian Air Force to resume the air defense service after a long time.
Here is a video showing the first Serbian Mig-29 Fulcrum flying again for the first time since last Spring.
H/T to Dragan Mejic for the heads-up.
Image credit: Serbian MoD via inSerbia
Luhansk fighters have shot down another Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum
On Sunday Aug. 17, pro-Russia separatists have shot down another Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum in East Ukraine. The aircraft has been identified as “White 53″.
This is the second Ukrainian Mig-29 assigned 40th Tactical Aviation Bde, Vasylkiv AFB, shot down in the last weeks: another Fulcrum, identified as “Blue 02″ was downed on Aug. 7.
According to the spokesman for Kiev’s military operation Leonid Matyukhin, who spoke to Ukrainian Channel 5, the pilot ejected and was taken to a safe place.
Indeed, images of the ejection seat, along with parts of the wreckage appeared on several Russian media outlets and forums.
Image credit: militarizm.livejournal.com/
H/T to Babak Taghvee for posting the link to the images with some details about the plane on ACIG forum.
Ukrainian Air Force combat planes stored in the peninsula were redeployed to airbases in mainland Ukraine when Crimea was invaded. Including a Mig-29 that is now back to flight status.
When Russian forces invaded Crimea Ukrainian Air Force aircraft deployed near Sevastopol were dismantled, loaded on trucks and relocated to the mainland Ukraine.
But 7 healthy MiG-29, MiG-29UB two seater Fulcrums and 3 L-39 stored there remained on the Crimean repair plant.
Mothballed Fulcrums were quickly reassembled and put back to flight status to join the other Ukrainian air force Mig-29s, Su-27s, Su-25s, Mil Mi-24s and some Soviet-era UAVs fighting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukrainian (where Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down last month).
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has released an image of the first Mig-29 Fulcrum that was re-assembled and brought back to operational status.
Image credit: Ukraine MoD
“Fulcrum Drivers” features Polish Air Force Mig-29s as you have never seen them before.
Filmed by Polish Air Force pilots from 22nd Tactical Air Base – Malbork, the following video shows Mig-29 Fulcrums from a quite intimate point of view: the cockpit.
The footage, shot using GoPro cameras, brings the viewer on the Soviet Union-era fighter plane during aerobatics, formation flying, mock aerial combat against German Eurofighter Typhoons.
You can even see a quite rare live firing test of am R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) air-to-air missile.
Noteworthy, it looks like the video maker tried to censor the German Air Force roundel at 01:57 (weird!), and you can see the shadow of a small drone used to film the plane on the ground in the very first seconds of the video.
Polish Air Force has deployed four Mig-29 Fulcrum fighters to Siauliai Air Base, Lithunia, to provide Baltics Air Policing.
H/T to Matt Fanning for the heads-up.