Libyan MiG-23 Flogger performs yet another stunt. This time filmed from the cockpit.
Last year we posted some cool shots and a couple video of the two Libyan Air Force MiG-23MLs (6472 based at Benina and 6132 based at al-Watiya) perfoming fast, ultra low-level passes on an airbase in Libya and over a beach near Benghazi.
Both were lost at the beginning of 2016 (one crashed due to a failure, the other shot down).
The one below, reportedly filmed few days ago, is believed to show the only remaining Libyan National Army Air Force MiG-23ML, serial #26453, approaching Benina and performing a flyby over the runway, filmed from the camera attached to the pilot’s helmet.
As if the usual low pass was not enough, the Libyan pilot completes the stunt with a fast aileron roll
Anyway, MiG-23MLs and two MiG-23BNs equipped with IFR (In Flight Refueling) probes (one of those remains in service following the loss of the example #8995 on Jul. 6, 2016) have been used by the LNA AF against Benghazi Islamist militia groups’ bases.
Beware: even though the video claims the aircraft is a Mig-21, the one in the footage is clearly a Mig-23 Flogger (check the shadow of the aircraft on the runway as the aircraft rolls inverted).
H/T @RAeSTimR for the heads-up!
Where is that store out of curiosity?
I never really was too impressed with the Mig 23. I feel it was the Soviet’s effort in making a one size fits all aircraft. History has showed us this is not an easy thing to do. Still the 23 did get some a2a kills against modern F15s and 16s.