Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA0140 is this superb 1/72 scale Mikoyan MiG-21MF, Czech Air Force Test Squadron “Stress Team”.
Now a very scarce items as 1,700 were made. Box is not perfect with a light dished crease to the topside of the lid, otherwise pretty good.
Czech “Stress Team”
Official name was “Letecké středisko inspektora letectva a PVO AČR” / “Flying centre of Air Force and Air Protection Surveyor of Army of the Czech Republic”. Later renamed “Letecký zkušební odbor” / “Flying Test Department”. The team was officially formed 1.3.1994 (director was Chief of Air Force GenMjr. P. Štrůbl) at Čáslav AB. December 1994 the unit was relocated from Čáslav AB (because there already were a lot of regular air force squadrons located there) to Plzeň-Líně AB. In January 1995 the unit was renamed as “Letecký zkušební odbor” (LZO).
Commander of the unit was pplk. Josef Rada, former commander of the 9.sbolp on
Bechyně AB, most of the unit’s pilots were from 9.sbolp as well. Unit’s aircrafts – MiG-21MF – 4307, 5209, 7701, 7711 (all silver except 7711, and from 11.slp Žatec AB), 9410, 9412, 9414, 9802 (all in green-brown camo and from 1.šlp Přerov AB), MiG-21UM – 0165 and 3756, MiG-21R – 1501, 2149 and one L-39ZA number 5013.
The main objective of the unit was developing new tactics, training procedures and the application of these to fighter units. Very soon the unit was assigned the task of displaying the Mig-21 at various air shows so they were known as the Czech Air Force “Delta Team” as well.
The “Stress Squadron” was cancelled soon after the crash of MiG-21 MF (7711, pilot Mjr. Luboš Kubát) and MiG-21UM (3756, pilot Mjr. Miroslav Holak and technician Roman Kovařík – who was onboard against Czech Air Force rules!!!) over the town of České Budějovice on 8.6.1998. The collision occurred because of bad weather while arriving from an air-show. This particular paint scheme is one of the various used by the Czech Air Force “Stress Team”. Mr. Oscar Vickery of Galveston Texas, a former Air Force flight instructor owns the Mig-21 that this model replicates. He is qualified on 10 or more jets and is an instructor for Classic Jet Aircraft Association. The Mig-21 was originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union with a NATO nickname “Fishbed”. No other jet has had as many planes produced as the Mig-21. Depending on the reference source 8,000 – 13,000 planes of all versions were made in the Soviet Union, under license to allied countries and China without license. At the time of it’s introduction into the Soviet Air Force service in 1959, it was exactly what they wanted. A small, fast, agile, dependable and most importantly simple making it easy to turn out great numbers of the plane. The skies of Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America seemed to be filled with thousands of the Mig-21. Because of it’s relatively low cost since it was heavily subsidized by the Soviets, it became the plane of choice for many third world countries. Taking this into account this plane this plane has seen more wars then any other modern day jet.
The Mig-21 was used in front line service for over 30 years equaling that of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. There were 5 generations of the plane in many versions and each generation brought with it great improvements over it’s predecessors. These are some of the countries that flew the Mig-21: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, GDR, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Somalia, Soviet Union, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.