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Mikoyan & Gurevich Mig-29A Fulcrum in Detail

General views and camouflage

n Photos by Stephan Voellings
Text by Martin Waligorski


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General view of the 29+12 at the air display. The occasion is an open day at the NATO-air base Geilenkirchen near Aachen in the western part of Germany. The date is June 28, 1998.

The machine carries a two-tone grey low-visibility camouflage.

 

Photo: Stephan Voellings

 

The tactical markings are sparse, consisting mainly of  29+12 code together with a black cross the sides of the engine air intakes. The grey camouflage is in quite heavily weathered condition.

Photo: Stephan Voellings

 

The 29+12 code is black surrounded by thin white outline. All Migs of JG 73 are marked this way, with the second number (12) indicating individual aircraft. All numbers are two-digit. For example the sister aircraft "5" is marked 29+05 (see the photo of the landing Mig on the main page of this article).

Note also a patch of lighter color to the left of the cross, apparently a result of some repair/maintenance job. Fresh paint patches as this one are also present elsewhere on this particular aircraft - some of them visible on the other photos of this set.

Photo: Stephan Voellings

 

Tail markings are even more discrete. The tiny fin flash is augmented only by the unit emblem. Note also the "no hold" stencils in form of  orange diagonal crosses.

Photo: Stephan Voellings

 

Incorporating East German aircraft into Luftwaffe service involved the change of all stencil instructions to bi-lingual German-English.

Photo: Stephan Voellings

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