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The French connection in the early seventies

On June 21, 1966, France made the somewhat shocking move to withdraw its troops from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Though France remained politically in NATO, its started to approach the Soviet Union too.

This was part of the bilateral visit of the military units. In Jun 1971, a French Military Delegation arrived in the Soviet-Union. The Kubinka airport was under renovation, so the French Mirage III was received at the Domodedovo airport. Here the Soviet pilots of the 234th Guard Fighter Air Regiment met with the French guests and could see the Dassault Mirage IIIC fighter.
 

French Mirage IIIC at Domodedovo airport Soviet-Union in 1971

French pilot presents his Mirage IIIC fighter for Soviet pilots of the 234th Guard Fighter Air Regiment at Domodedovo airport Soviet-Union.

French Mirage IIIC at Domodedovo airport Soviet-Union in 1971

Soviet pilots of the 9th Guard Fighter Air Division in front of French Dassault Mirage IIIC at Domodedovo airport in 1971.

 

Soviet MiG-21MF Fishbed-J at Reims air base France in Sept 1971

Two months later, in September 1971, the Russians returned the visit. Six MiG-21MF Fishbed-J export fighter aircraft from the 234th Guard Fighter Air Regiment traveled to France. A Tu-124 Cookpot cargo aircraft helped navigate to Reims airport in France.

 

Left: Six Soviet MiG-21MF Fishbed-J (B/N: blue 30, 29, ?, 28, 32, 27) export fighters of the 234th Guard Fighter Air Regiment at Reims air base France in Sept 1971.

 

Soviet MiG-21MF Fishbed-J at Reims air base France in Sept 1971

A Soviet MiG-21MF Fishbed-J, carrying a pair of 490-liter drop tanks on the outer underwing hardpoints, is seen in the natural metal finish at Reims air base France.

Soviet MiG-21MF Fishbed-J at Reims air base France in Sept 1971

French and Soviet pilots in front of MiG-21MF Fishbed-J at Reims air base France in Sept 1971. Photo: G.F. Kuznetsova collection

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