Ukrainian Air Force sending MiG-29 of its defunct Falcons aerobatic team into combat


An old MiG-29 of the Ukrainian ‘’Falcons’’ aerobatic team apparently returned to service with foreign parts, David Axe reports in Forbes. On Tuesday, June 7, a video appeared on social media depicting a MiG-29 fighter in action with the Ukrainian air force which, before the war imposed by Russia since February 24, operated some 50 jets of this model.

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Ukrainian Air Force sending MiG 29 of its defunct Falcon aerobatic team into combat MiG-29 of the Ukrainian Air Force's defunct Falcons aerobatic team in Trenton (Ontario), on 27 June 1992. (Picture source: Wikimedia Commons/ Alain Rioux)


The sight of this particular MiG-29 is unusual, David Axe comments, as this jet is wearing a bright paint scheme similar, but not identical, to that of the long-defunct Ukrainian Falcons display team. The Ukrainian Falcons aerobatic team was established in 1995 with 6 MiG-29 fighters (5 MiG-29 9-13s and 1 MiG-29UB) and disbanded in 2002, the same year the crash of a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 at an air show near Lviv killed 77 spectators. A few MiG-29s in Falcons livery remained in service. One apparent ex-Falcons jet flew sorties over eastern Ukraine in 2014, in the early months of the initial Russian invasion of Crimea. And now, in June 2022, one of these MiG-29s seems to be back in action.


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