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A friend with a Mig-29 is a friend indeed

From the Jerusalem Post:

"Israel Air Force test pilots are flying MIG 29 jets and conducting dogfights against the IAF's F-16 fighters, Channel 2 revealed Wednesday evening....The jets were loaned to Israel by an unnamed foreign country. The experiment is meant to prepare IAF pilots for missions where they might have to fight a foreign air-force...A jet so armed might be used in a long-distance sortie. The pilots interviewed would not name which foreign countries might be the targets of such sorties, but it was clear the main target of such an ambitious mission would be Iran's nuclear installations".

Now any lender would have to be A - a Mig 29 operator, and B - favourably disposed to the Miracle on the Med, and C - well aware that Osiraq II is a distinct possibility. Or D - thoroughly impecunious, as doubtless money changed hands.

Sooo, over to Wikipedia for a list of Mig 29 operators.

Fair to say that it will NOT be Iran, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Malaysia, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Kazakhstan or Turkmenistan.

Which still leaves a fair few possibilities. Uncle Sam got his mitts on some with the fall of the Wall, and I am making him the prime suspect. Although, as Ha'aretz notes: "U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding that Israel not surprise the U.S. with an Israeli military operation against Iran".

Other reasonable possibilities are Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Straying a bit further and pondering on those who might wish to cosy up to Uncle Sam by proxy we have Ukraine, and Serbia. Unlikely the latter. As to those needing the money, maybe it is Pyongyang.....

And since everyone loves a bit of gratuitous Aviation pr0n, here's one in Russian colours:

A mate tells me a story of a friend who had some involvement in a film production some years back where the suppliers of the Migs (21s, probably) were quite happy to fly them into a moutainside if the money was right. Special effects, pah.

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Blogger John M Ward said... 2:31 pm

Ah, well…

I have the MiG-29 computer flight sim, but that's the nearest I'll ever get to flying one of those beasts :-)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:49 pm

I've never really got the hang of flight sims with modern aircraft. Strictly WW2 for me...  

Blogger Tim Worstall said... 12:09 pm

I have a buddy who supplies the spare parts for these sorts of things. His biggest customer is the US govt for they do indeed run a fleet or two for the red v blue games out in the desert.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:23 pm

Tim - a novel line of workm and probably not one dinner party guests will guess.  

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