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MiG-21 Fishbed types of Afghan Air Force in the first half of the eighties.

Afghan Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed-N

The Soviet Union decided at the end of the seventies to pass new MiG-21bis Fishbed-N fighter aircraft to Afghanistan. The decision was independent of the 1979 occupation.

One squadron (about 15) of factory new MiG-21bis Fishbed-N arrived in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1980.

Known afghan factory new MiG-21bis Fishbed-N b/n: red 36x, 37x, 38x, 92x

 

Afghan Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed-N
Afghan Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed-N in Bagram

Two afghan MiG-21bis Fishbed-N jets in front of aircraft maintenance center

Afghan Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed-N
Afghan Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed-N in Bagram

An afghan 322nd Fighter Air Regimentís MiG-21bis Fishbed-N fighter in Bagram airport

The factory new fighters were equipped with an RSBN navigation system. They received standard sand and brown paint at the factory. At that time some new MiG-21UM Mongol-B training aircraft arrived.

Afghan Air Force MiG-21UM Mongol-B Afghan Air Force MiG-21UM Mongol-B

The afghan 322nd Fighter Air regiment lost four out of fifteen MiG-21bis Fishbed-N between 1979 and 1980:

 - 10.09.1979    Crashed in Bagram air base while practicing for an airshow. The soviet instructor pilot died.
 - 06.02.1980    The afghan pilot lost control during landing at Bagram airport. He ejected.
 - 07.04.1980    The aircraft crashed close the Bagram airport on a routine practice sortie. The young afghan pilot died.
 - 13.09.1980    Lost engine and crashed while trying to land at the Kabul airport. The afghan pilot died.
 

Afghan Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed-N

Afghan MiG-21bis Fishbed-N and soviet MiG-23MLD Flogger-K fighters with weapons.

Afghan Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed-N

Soviet soldier in front of Afghan Air Forcesís MiG-21bis Fishbed-N

The afghan 322nd Fighter Air regimentís one squadron used the new MiG-21bis Fishbed-N model. The old MiG-21FL/PFM Fishbed-D/F fighters was merged into the regimentís other squadron in the early eighties.

Mig-21 Fishbed row in Bagram airport in 1983. Soviet 927th Fighter Air Regimentís MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K, and afghan 322nd Fighter Air Regimentís MiG-21FL Fishbed-D (b/n 70), MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F (b/n 350), MiG-21UM Mongol-B, MiG-21bis Fishbed-N (b/n 370) and other afghan MiG-21bis with camouflage

Mig-21 Fishbed row in Bagram airport in 1983. Soviet 927th Fighter Air Regimentís MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K, and afghan 322nd Fighter Air Regimentís MiG-21FL Fishbed-D (b/n 70), MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F (b/n 350), MiG-21UM Mongol-B, MiG-21bis Fishbed-N (b/n 370) and other afghan MiG-21bis with camouflage

Afghan Air Force MiG-21FL FIshbed-D in Bagram airport

Afghan Air Forceís 322nd Fighter Air Regimentís MiG-21UM Mongol-B trainer aircraft and three MiG-21FL Fishbed-Ds  fighters in Bagram airport in 1984

 

Afghan Air Force MiG-21U Mongol-A

Old afghan MiG-21U Mongol-A (b/n red 578; s/n: 661719, factory date: 1966) training fighter.

Afghan Air Force MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F

Ground instructor MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F (b/n red 352; s/n:947608; factory date: 1968) aircraft in the eighties.