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MiG-21bis Fishbed-L tactical fighters at Usharal AB in the seventies

The 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's pilots traveled to the city of Lipetsk in May 1974. Here at the 4th Training Air Center, they were retrained to the MiG-21bis Fishbed-L model. The first new MiG-21bis Fishbed-L tactical fighters arrived at Usharal Airport in august 1974. They received new MiG-21UM Mongol-B training aircraft as well.
 
The MiG-21bis Fishbed-L fighters were gray color while the MiG-21UM Mongol-B training fighters were a silver color.

USSR 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's crews front of their factory new MiG-21bis Fishbed-L in Usharal. Soviet 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's factory new MiG-21bis Fishbed-L in Usharal.
Soviet 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's pilot in Usharal. Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection Soviet 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's young pilots in Usharal. Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection

In 1974, only the second squadron had the original PVO pilots from Leningrad. In 1974, experienced 1st class soviet pilots came from Czechoslovakia. The regiment also received another 12 newly graduated pilots in early 1975.
 
Previously, there were many technical problems, because there was an unqualified technical staff. Therefore several engineers from civilian universities arrived who then received a military rank, thus aviation safety improved.

USSR 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's pilots front of their MiG-21UM Mongol-B in Usharal. Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection USSR 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's factory new MiG-21bis Fishbed-L in Usharal in 1975. Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection
Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection
Soviet 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's pilot next to his factory new MiG-21bis Fishbed-L in Usharal in 1975.. Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection

They did a lot of training with the new modern MiG-21bis Fishbed-L aircraft. At the 18th Combat Training Center in Krasnovodsk, they could start missiles for live purposes. In 1976, they participated in the Soviet Aggressor Program at Mary-1 airport. Here at the 1521st Combat Training Center the 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's pilots and commanders received group dogfights tactics, low level flying over the area  and Live launch missile and gunnery training.

Soviet 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's factory new MiG-21bis Fishbed-L in 1521st Training Center in Mary-1 air base. in 1976 Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection

Soviet 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's factory new MiG-21bis Fishbed-L in 1521st Combat Training Center in Mary-1 air base in 1976 Photo: Zulkaraev Rafat collection

 

Meanwhile, the problems of families declined as Usharal town improved a lot. Homes, schools and shops were built and the life of every family has become easier.

Usharal Photo: Egorova L. E Soviet Air Force parade in Usharal
Usharal Photo: Egorova L. E Usharal Photo: Egorova L. E

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