“Spare parts” from the Pentagon turned into a fighter, painted in the liver of “Ukrainian Falcons”
Avideo of mysterious content has appeared in the public domain, in particular on the twitter profile of Ukrainian Weapons Tracker. This video shows a MiG-29 fighter with a full payload of two R-27 missiles and four R-73 missiles.
This aircraft was filmed so that its tactical number could not be seen. The camouflage looks like the livery of the aerobatic group “Ukrainian Falcons”, which have already become history. But then there are the nuances.
The Drive portal writes that this fighter could not actually belong to the Ukrainian Falcons. That it could be just a plane that was restored during the war at the facilities of the Ukrainian defense industry.
And the blue-and-yellow livery was made purely to raise the fighting spirit of the employees of our “defense” and the personnel of the Air Force. The authors of the portal refer to the words of the pilot of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who is known to Western audiences under the pseudonym “Juice” and is revered as one of the incarnations of the collective image of “Ghost of Kiev” defending the sky over the capital.
Further, based on the words of the same pilot “Juice” and data from open sources, the authors of The Drive write that in 2009 several of our MiG-29s deliberately painted for the parade in camouflage “Ukrainian Falcons”, but this did not mean the revival of the famous group .
MiG-29 aircraft from the “original” composition of the “Ukrainian Falcons” in the “brand” livery were stored until 2014 at the base in the Crimea. At least seven such planes were returned to the mainland and put back into service by the Air Force. But at the same time “resuscitated” fighters received the standard “pixel” camouflage.
Therefore, it is quite possible that in this case a fighter was completely painted under the Ukrainian Falcons, which was completely restored from the “spare parts” delivered to Ukraine by the Pentagon in April 2022.
Moreover, as practice shows, when it comes to repairing damaged aircraft from the “pre-war” composition of the Air Force, they retain pixel camouflage. For example, this MiG-29 fighter from the 40th Vasylkiv Brigade, which was damaged in the fighting against the racists and returned to service.
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