Gweru AB, Zimbabwe, 2000; 5th Sqn of Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) was originally equipped with 12 J-7IIs (actually a mix of J-7IINs, with four underwing hardpoints, like the example illustrated here, and 'vanila' F-7IIs with only two underwing hardpoints) in the late 1980s. Initially, the aircraft were mainly flown by Pakistani mercenaries, but subsequently enough Zimbabwean pilots were trained to man the unit. Despite several reports about downing of 'Zimbabwean MiGs' claimed by the rebels during the war in Congo, 1998-2000, none were even deployed in the country until January 2001, when three were lost while underway from Zimbabwe in order to participate in a fly-past at the funeral of the Congolese leader Laurent Kabila. Due to massive corruption within the Zimbabwean authorities and the military, which caused a severe shortage of funding, only six remain operational.
Zimbabwe | Military
MiG MiG-21/J-7 Fishbed/Mongol | 10 | 710