Eduard 1/48 Mig-21MF in Czechoslovak Service Limited Edition
Mig-21MF (From the instructions for the Mig-21MF in Czechoslovak Service Limited Edition, Kit # 1158):absence of aerodynamic fences at auxiliary intakes on some aircraft, a missing rear view mirror, and so on. The delivery of the MiG-21MA was followed by the MF (factory designation Izdelye 96F). Between the years 1971 and 1975, the Czechoslovak Air Force accepted 102 units of the type. They came various production blocks from two plants. Their camouflage colors tended to also give away their intended role, and there were minor differences. It can generally be said that aircraft delivered in a natural metal or light grey scheme were intended for the air defence units, and aircraft camouflaged in green and brown were destined for frontal units. The differences could be observed, for example, in the cockpit. At first, between 1971 and 1972, twenty-four aircraft arrived from production blocks 43, 44, 52 and 53, built at Moscow's Factory No.30 'Znamya Truda'. These aircraft were intended for the air defence units, and as such, were delivered in natural metal. Over the next two years, the Czechoslovak Air Force received another 58 MFs from blocks 76, 77, 78, 82, 94, 95, 97, 98 and 99. These too came from the Moscow factory, but these aircraft were destined for frontal units, and carried a brown-green scheme. The last batch supplied came in 1975, and this was composed of twenty aircraft from series 22, 24, 25, 30, 40, 41, 43, 44, 54, 55 and 56, produced at Gorkii (formerly and currently Nizniy Novgorod, only named Gorkii under Bolshevik control). These were also destined to equip the air defence units and came in light grey overall. The MiG-21 formed the backbone of the Czechoslovak fighter force for many years. They began to be supplanted by the MiG-23 at the end of the seventies, and in the following decade, the MiG-29. Aerial assets understandably became a point of discussion between the states that came out of Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic was allocated four MAs and 52 MFs. Slovakia acquired thirteen MAs and 36 MFs In 1999 and 2000, ten Czech aircraft were selected to be modernized to at least partially satisfy NATO standards, of which the Czech Republic became a member in 1999. The aircraft passed through the upgrade at Aircraft Repair Works Kbely, and were given the designation MiG-21MFN ('N' for NATO). The history of MiG-21 in Czech service drew to a close in 2005. Slovakia retired their last MiG-21 at the end of 2002.
Czechoslovak / Czech aviation units, List of abbreviations:
slp – Fighter Regiment, pzlp – Reconnaissance Regiment, sbolp – Fighter-Bomber Regiment, lsp – Training Regiment, sslt –Independent Fighter Squadron,
tl – Tactical Squadron, slt – Fighter Squadron
- A. MiG-21MA, Black 1209, 2nd Air Base, 1st Flight, Malacky AB, Slovakian AF, 1993.
- B. MiG-21MFN, Gray 2500, 41st Fighter Squadron, Caslav AB, Czech AF, 2002, Tiger Meet Scheme.
- C. MiG-21MA, Black 2707, 9th Fighter-bomber Regiment, Bechyne AB, Czech AF, 1989.
- D. MiG-21MFN, Black 4017, 211th Tactical Squadron, Caslav AB, Czech AF, 2000-2005.
- E. MiG-21MF, Black 5212, 11th Fighter Regiment, Zatec AB, Czech AF, 1991, 40th Anniversary Scheme.
- F. MiG-21MF, Black 5303, 2nd Squadron, 11th Fighter Regiment, Zatec AB, Czech AF, 1991, Eduard Emblem on Starboard Vertical Stabilizer.
- G. MiG-21MF, Black 5303, 28th Fighter-Bomber Regiment, Caslav AB, Czech AF, 1993-1995, without Eduard Emblem on Starboard Vertical Stabilizer.
- H. MiG-21MF, Black 7702, C.O. of 6th Fighter-Bomber Regiment, Prerov-Bochor AB, Czech AF, 1980-1985.
- J. MiG-21MF, Black 7801, 4th Squadron, 1st Regiment, 1st Air Base, Sliac AB, Slovakian AF, 1995-1999.
- K. MiG-21MF, Black 8208, 6th Fighter-Bomber Regiment, Pribram-Dlouha Lhota AB, Czech AF, 1986
- L. MiG-21MF, Black 9414, 43rd Fighter Squadron, Caslav AB, Czech AF, 1995.
- M. MiG-21MF, Gray 9805, 211th Tactical Squadron, Caslav AB, Czech AF, 2003.
- N. MiG-21MF, Black 5212, 11th Fighter Regiment, Zatec AB, Czech AF, 1991, 40th Anniversary Scheme (11th Fighter Regiment Badge on Port Nose).
Yes – "I" is skipped in the sequence for markings on the instruction sheet.
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