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Soviet 115th Guard Fighter Air Regimentís life at Kandahar airport, Afghanistan in 1980.

On February 23, 1980, the second squadron of the Soviet 115th Guard Fighter Air Regiment was also moved to Afghanistan. The second fighter air squadron was replaced by the first squadron. The first squadron went home to the Soviet Union, the second squadron relocated to the Afghan Kandahar airport.
 

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Soviet 115th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's crews at Kandahar, Afganistan in February 1980.

 

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Afghan pilot of the 366th Fighter Air Regiment at Kandahar, Afghanistan in 1980. The Afghan 366th regiment used old MiG-17 Fresco and MiG-15UTI Midget fighter types this time.

 

Soviet MiG-21bis Fishbed-L fighters at Kandahar airfield, Afghanistan in 1980.

Soviet 115th regimentís crews in front of their MiG-21bis Fishbed-L fighters at Kandahar airfield, Afghanistan in 1980.

Soviet MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F fighters at Kandahar airfield, Afghanistan in 1980.

In 1980, Soviet crew of 115th regiment in front of 136th Fighter Bomber Air Regimentís camouflaged coloured MiG-21PFM and silver MiG-21US?UM bombers at Kandahar airport, Afghanistan

In Kandahar, the 115th regiment's squadron (MiG-21bis) fought together with a squadron of the Soviet 136th regiment (MiG-21PFM then MiG-21SM) and the Afghan 366th Fighter Air Regiment (MiG-17 Fresco).

The second squadron of the 115th Guard Fighter Air Regiment fought from Kandahar in between February 1980 and May 1981. The squadron lost two MiG-21bis Fishbed-L fighter aircraft and one pilot in 1980.

  • August 1, 1980, fired with 12,7 mm DShK heavy machine gun during the low-level attack in the Jabal-Usassarj area. The Cheshenko pilot was killed
  • November 12, 1980, the MiG-21bis plane crashed. The chief of staff of the squadron of the 115th Guard Regiment, A. A. Prokazin, catapulted into the district of the settlement of Faizabad and was picked up by the helicopters.



The 115th regiment was replaced by the Soviet 27th Fighter Air Regiment from Central Asian Military District in May 1981.

Source: Leonid Prokazin collection