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The Soviet 179th Multi-Role Fighter Air Regiment
 on at the airport of Stryy

The 179th air regiment in the 1960s and the 1970s flew with MiG-19 ‘Farmer’ and Su-9 ‘Fishpot’ types as an Interceptor regiment. In 1978 the regiment received used MiG-23M Flogger-B types and started the air combat maneuvering training. At the end of the seventies the independent 8th Independent Air Defence Army discontinued and the 179th regiment was transferred to the 14th Tactical Air Army. The MiG-23's were painted camouflage and served as a tactical fighter for a short time.

The MiG-23M Flogger-B as a bomber.
The 179th Fighter Bomber Air Regiment’s MiG-23UB Flogger-C type is rolling in front of the 260th Long Bomber Regiment's bomber Tu-16s at Striy airport.
179th Fighter Bomber Air regiment MiG-23M Flogger-B take-off

In 1983 the 179th regiment was given a new role. After the 289th division's 236th regiment moved to Czechoslovakia with their MiG-27's, they took it's the role. The MiG-23M ‘Flogger-B’ type was flown as a fighter-bomber. The regiment's camouflage, yellow page number MiG-23s were discharged from the air to air rocket launcher rails. After that they practiced with air to ground weapons.

    Left: The 179th Fighter Bomber Air Regiment’s MiG-23UB ‘Flogger-C’ type is rolling in front of the 260th Long Bomber Regiment's bomber Tu-16s at Stryy airport.


From 1988 the 179th regiment returned to the Soviet Air Defense Force.

The 179th Regiment's roles in the second half of the Cold War:
 - early 60s to 1978   Interceptor role with Su-9
 - 1978 to 1984  Tactical Fighter role with MiG-23M
 - 1984 to 1988  Fighter Bomber role with MiG-23M
 - 1988 to 1992  Interceptor role with MiG-23M

Ukrainian MiG-23 Etalon, 1971 Model, Photo: Medvedenko Oleg

Among the 179th Regiment's MiG-23s at this time were early Mig-23 type. On the picture the type already has Ukraine indication. Photo: Medvedenko Oleg Source:

The MiG-23 type variant's known names:
 - 1971 Model MiG-23
 - MiG-23 sans suffixe
 - MiG-23 Etalon

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