MiG MiG-21/J-7 Fishbed/Mongol | 9818

Operator
UAAF
Aircraft model
MiG-21bis

Despite some rumors to contrary, Uganda never operated any MiG-21F-13s. Nevertheless, in 1998 five ex-Polish Air Force and one ex-Polish Navy MiG-21bis were purchased, three of which were then given to IAI for refurbishment and upgrade to a standard similar to that of the MiG-29. These three aircraft were seen at Lod IAP, in Israel, last year, probably short of their delivery. Flown by - probably Byelorussian - mercenaries, they were finally delivered early this year, but one crashed on 15 July, killing the pilot.


Operator

Icon_32_flag_of_uganda.svg Republic of Uganda | Military

Registration number

9818

MiG MiG-21/J-7 Fishbed/Mongol | 9818


All available indications point at the fact that Ugandan MiG-21s became operational much too late to become involved in the Congo War of 1998-2001. This ex-Polish MiG-21bis is depicted in the appealing camouflage scheme it received after overhaul and upgrade by the Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI). When delivered from Poland, it was in natural metal overall, sporting a large red serial typical to the Warsaw Pact and had the Ugandan flag on the tail instead of the current roundel. Apart from the paintscheme, the most visible part of the upgrade is the addition of a chaff&flare dispenser on the lower back fuselage, just above the ventral fin.


Operator

Icon_32_flag_of_uganda.svg Republic of Uganda | Military

MiG MiG-21/J-7 Fishbed/Mongol | 9818