The first MiG acquired by the Croats was this MiG-21bis-K, previously serialled '17133' in the JRViPVO. This aircraft was acquired on 4 January 1992, when JRViPVO captain Danijel Borovic defected with the aircraft to Pleso IAP, near Zagreb. The aircraft was left in its original Light Grey (FS36373) overall finish, but has got a large serial '101' applied on the nose, as well as a large Croatian flag on the fin, and the Croatian shield on the rear fuselage. Note that the aircraft carried the Croatian shield on the upper side of the left wing, and the serial on the upper side of the right wing. '101' was to see only a short service with the HRZ, then it was shot down already on 24 June 1992 by SA-14 SAM.
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