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  MiG 23 MF  
     
 

This aircraft, of the type MiG 23 MF, was produced in the Soviet Union in 1982. It was purchased in Poland in 001 and transported by sea to Langeland. It had been stationed at a Polish airbase called Radzikowo near the city of Slupsk.

 
     
 

The aircraft bears registration number 010 and has, during its service-life, usually performed recon-naissance flights over the Baltic Sea. It is an all-weather hunter-bomber with a Tumanski R-29 B turbojet engine, which delivers a speed of 1,350 knots (2.500 km/hour, twice the speed of sound) and has an action-radius of 1.300 nautical miles (2.420 km). The wings can be adjusted hydraulically into three positions: 72˚, 45˚ and 16˚, according to the mode of flight. With its wings adjusted at 16˚ the shape of the aircraft approaches that of a delta-wing.

 
     
 

The aircraft is capable of landing on marginal airfields. The landing-gear is of an advanced design and may be retracted into the fuselage during flight. Characteristic for this type of aircraft are the two rectangular air-intakes on each side of the fuselage, in front of the wings.The MiG is a single-seater. Apart from a double-barrelled 23 mm canon the armament consists of four missiles, two of which are attached to the wingtips and two to pylons under the wings. It can also carry four 500 kg bombs. The aircraft has an ejector seat and bullet-proof glass on the cockpit.During the cold-war, MiG aircraft of different types were a constant threat to Langelandsfort. From airbases in the German Democratic Republic and Poland attacks could be flown at very short notice.

 
     
 

The MiG was designed by A.I. Mikojan. In 1967 the pilot A.V. Fodorov flew the first prototype of the MiG 23. The aircraft was produced in the Soviet Union from 1969 to 1985 and more than 4000 aircraft of this type were built. The MF-version was built after 1978 and had new radar- and infra-red target-finding systems. The MiG 23 was used by all Warsaw-Pact countries in Europe. The MiG 23 was reputed to be a versatile, easy to handle aircraft, which could keep up with NATO’s F-5 and F-16. After the end of the cold-war, this type of aircraft was phased-out, but a number of MiG 23 still exist, i.e. in Germany. It seems quite likely that this will remain as one of the classic fighter-aircraft.

 
     
  Technical specifications  
     
 

Model: MiG 23 MF - Engine: 1 stk. MNPK R29-300 turbojet - Wingspan: Yderstilling 13,90 m - Length: 17,10 m - Height: 4,35 m - Empty weight: 10.845 kg - Max. weight: 18.050 kg - Max. speed:1.350 knots, 2.500 km/h - Action radius: 1.200 km - Ceiling : 18.500 m - Armament: One 23 mm double-barrelled machine canon, 4 missiles or four 500 kg bombs - Max. exterior armament: 3.000 kg.

 
     
     
   
     
   
 

The last picture shows an MiG in Polen

 
 

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