Hobby Master 1/72 MIG-23MF Red 149 28 Pulk Lotnictwa Mysilwskiego Slupsk Redzikowo AB Poland HA5306
In the 1960's the Soviet military required a replacement for the MiG-21 that could compete with the USAF F-14 Tomcat. It had to be very fast, rapid acceleration, carry a larger payload, capable of a high service ceiling, long range and beyond visual range intercept capabilities. The project was given to the Mikoyan- Gurevich Design Bureau that produced the Model 23-11 that first flew on June 10, 1967. Production began in 1969 and eventually completed over 5,000 swing-wing MiG-23s. A ground-attack variant was also produced, the MiG-27.
2nd Squadron 1. SLP (Fighter Aviation Regiment) based at Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic was equipped with the MiG-23MF beginning in 1978. In the spring of 1992 the unit began to use aircraft markings from the 1960s and 70s so the Bat was once again used. MiG-23MF 3922 MSN 0390213922 was delivered to 1. SLP in March 1979, in 1983 it went to 11 SLP and returned to 1. SLP in 1989. In 1994 the aircraft was flown to the military aviation museum Prague-Kbely by pilot Colonel George Trunecka.