Got MiG?

The legendary “MiG Alley” lineup of Soviet era Polish Air Force combat aircraft within the grounds of the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow has been on my aviaton bucket list for some time now. I am glad to say I checked it off that list yesterday and I was one happy traveller!

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“MiG Alley” at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow – August 2017

While there are also Sukhoi aircraft along “MiG Alley“, in the form of Su-7, Su-20 and Su-22 Fitter variants (single seat attack aircraft and two seat combat trainers), the most prominent aircraft down one path is the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed (with a MiG-29 two seat combat trainer and a MiG-23 Flogger interceptor there too). The MiG-21’s represent all the variants of fighters, trainers and reconnaissance Fishbed’s operated by Poland whilst part of the Warsaw Pact and beyond.

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A MiG-21 fans dream!
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The numerous variants of MiG-21’s operated by the Polish Air Force during the Cold War – Polish Aviation Museum, Krakow – August 2017

Along the other path are various MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighter-bombers, interceptors and two seat trainers (with a MiG-19 too) produced by Mikoyan-Gurevich in the Soviet Union and PZL Mielec in Poland (Lim-1, 2, 5 & 6). There are some great camo schemes and livery amongst them!

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Soviet Mikoyan Gurevich and Polish PZL Mielec Lim variants of the MiG-15, 17 and 19 on “MiG Alley” at the Polish Aviation Museum, Krakow – August 2017
Soviet Mikoyan Gurevich and Polish PZL Mielec Lim variants of the MiG-15, 17 and 19 on “MiG Alley” at the Polish Aviation Museum, Krakow – August 2017
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Old school MiG’s

The collection at the museum is large with around 200 aircraft and helicopters of Soviet, Polish and western origin, including rare types from World War One and earlier, the interwar years, World War Two and the Cold War. They are displayed indoors and outside on this former airbase and airport that dates back to 1912 but was closed and became a museum in 1964. This post is just a bit of a teaser and I am likely to have many future posts on the treasures within this collection!

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10 thoughts on “Got MiG?

  1. Seriously impressive collection of MiGs! Looking forward to the next posts on it. There’s a MiG-21 here in New Zealand – some guy bought it surplus with long-term plan to make it flyable – maybe he should head to Krakow to scavenge some parts! 🙂

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    1. I saw an active Romanian Air Force MiG-21 LanceR fly on the weekend. Quite a treat to see – upgraded in Israel with modern avionics and weapons systems. That will be cool if the Kiwi one can get going. Should be plenty of spares about as it was one of the most produced fighters in the Cold War. A group in Western Australia are restoring one to flight and there is another in Oz but I haven’t seen it about in years.

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