Times have changed since the "end" of the Cold War
A photo of me (in the dark jacket) and an FTD engineer at the Paris
Air Show in 1987. We were looking at one of the two MiG-29 Fulcrums which
the Soviets brought to the show. This was the first exhibit of a Soviet fighter
aircraft at Paris and we were interested in taking an up-close look.
A photo of a Fulcrum on static display at Goodfellow AFB, TX.
When East and West Germany reunited, the East German Air Force (EGAF)
had a squadron of these. Of course, the West Germans didn't want them,
so they were sold to the highest bidder. It's been repainted in Soviet
(now Russian) camouflage motif.
The EGAF also had quite a few MiG-23s. They went the way of the MiG-29s
and Goodfellow AFB got one of them. Again, repainted in the new, friendlier
Russian camouflage motif.
There was a good bit of Soviet ground-based equipment to dispose of, too.
Here is a pair of Soviet surface-to-air missiles (SAM) mounted on their
transporter/erector/launcher. Now on display at Goodfellow AFB.
(If memory serves me correctly, those are SA-4 Ganef missiles.)
And, what good are SAMs without their fire control radar?
(I used to know nearly all Soviet radars by sight. Pat Hand? Full House? Can't recall.)
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