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Indian "Good bye" to Fishbed

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They rightly should've been retired at the turn of the century, but were forced to go on far past that.

 

Too many pilots were lost to its deficiencies in the past decade.

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The MiG-21Bison will retire in 2014, if you read the article carefully.

What means, that it will still fly for 2 years.

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"The IAF has inducted a total of 946 MiG-21s in its fleet and 476 of them have been lost in various accidents over the past 45 years."

Beautiful plane, but sadly they are way too old.

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The Indians have made ​​the right choice, like the Chinese did it. If the PLAAF had decreased from 3400 aircrafts to 2600, this is only the removal of obsolete equipment such as A-5, H-5 and then the J-7.

Edited by B52STRATO

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Given it's less than stellar safety record, as well as it's age, I say it's past due. Too many men died flying a Fishbed.

 

Still, I admit to being a little surprised to hear the Bison will be leaving service when it is. Quite a bit of time, resources and funds were poured into making it the

aircraft what is probably the most modern and deadliest of the Fishbeds. (Aerostar's LanceR may have this honour, I am not certain...)

Edited by Fofo3

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sad to hear a plane is retired but in this case it's for the best..

 

Cheers :salute:

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