The DGMAF was probably the best-ever equipped and armed militia under control of any warlord ever. It operated up to 60 MiG-21 and Su-22 fighter-bombers from 1992 until 1997. This potent force eventually fell apart, not only through heavy combat attrition or lack of spares, but also because of many defectors flying their aircraft either to Massoud or to the Taliban. Few of surviving DGMAF MiGs, including this one, were also captured by Taliban when Baghram AB was conquered, and then re-captured by Massoud's forces in 1998, when this airfield was re-taken. During their hastily pull-out from the airfield the Taleban sabotaged this MiG-21bis and many other aircraft, in order to prevent them being used any further. Most of the planes were subsequently left to lie where they were disabled until the US forces arrived - and destroyed them in early bombardments! This MiG-21bis is otherwise wearing its old DRAAF serial (applied by brush and without stencils) and the DGMAF-fin-flash on the fin (applied directly over the old DRAAF flash). Note the red field in the lower portion of the triangle, indicating the DGMAF insignia. The camouflage colours indicate that the aircraft was built at Znamya Truda plant, probably together with a number of MiG-21bis delivered to different African countries, but never returned to the USSR for a major overhaul.
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