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Soviet Moscow Military District's
Tactical Air Force in January 1, 1973

During the ColdWar, two aircraft factory on the Moscow Military District's territory manufactured Mikoyan and Gurevich types. The GAZ-21 (State Aviation Plant No.21) at Gorky and the GAZ-30 at Moscow-Lukhovitsy. In the late sixties and early 1970s, the new MiG-21 Fishbed, MiG-23 Flogger and MiG-25 Foxbat tactical planes were handed over first to the Moscow Military Districtís air regiments.

In 1969, the 47th independent Guard Reconnaissance Air Regiment received the high-speed MiG-25R and MiG-25RB Foxbat reconnaissance type. In 1970, the first MiG-23S Flogger-A tactical fighter arrived at 32 Guard Fighter Air Regiment, followed by MiG-23 (Type 1971) in 1971 and then MiG-23M Flogger-B in 1972. In the early seventies, the MiG-17s of the 234 Guard Fighter Air Regiment was replaced with MiG-21SM Fishbed-J and MiG-21MF/MT Fishbed-J/K export fighter aircraft.

Soviet MiG-25RB Foxbat

The 47th independent Guard Reconnaissance Air Regimentís MiG-25RB Foxbat. The first MiG-25R Foxbat-B arrived to Shatalovo airport in 1969. Photo Sergey Cvetkov collection

USSR early MiG-23M Flogger-B with middle east camouflage at Shatalovo airport

Early MiG-23M tactical fighter of the 32nd guard regiment, wear middle east export camouflage at Shatalovo airfield in 1972. The regiment had several such aircraft. In the background the 47th regiment's two silver color Yak-27R Mangrove.


The early MiG-25R, MiG-23S, MiG-23 and export MiG-21MT types were used for only 1-1.5 years by the Moscow Military District. The small number of MiG-21SM flew for only a short time here.

        * The 234th guard regiment received the MiG-21bis Fishbed-L type in 1973.

Moscow Military District Air Army order of battle map in 1973


Soviet MiG-25 Foxbar- at Cairo-West airport Egypt
Moscow Military District Air Army order of battle 1973

The 47th and the 445th regiments delivered four early MiG-25R and RBs to Egypt by Antonov AN-22 Cock transport aircraft, along with Soviet pilots and technicians in March 1971.

The Soviet high-speed MiG-25R/RB Foxbat-B reconnaissance aircraft flew repeatedly over Sinai. The Israel Air Force was not able to intercept them

Left: Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat at Cairo-West airport Egypt in the early seventies

While the 32nd Guard Fighter Air Regiment, 274th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment, and 47th independent Guard Reconnaissance Air Regiment were active combat units the 234th Guard Fighter Air Regiment was an air display unit. This unit promoted the Soviet Tactical Air force at home and abroad. They have traveled several times to Sweden, France and Finland, but they also received foreign delegations.


The French connection in 1971


Swedish pilots in the Soviet Union in 1972


Soviet visit at Rissala airport Finland in 1974


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