Google Reveals Former Soviet MiGs at Tyndall AFB, Florida

tyndall afb migs  Google Reveals Former Soviet MiGs at Tyndall AFB, Florida(Image: Google Earth via Europa Technologies)

It’s well known that the United States has gone to great lengths to acquire – and flight test – former Soviet fighter planes under top secret programmes like Have Doughnut and subsequent designations, carried out by shadowy test squadrons like the Red Hats.  This satellite image of Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida shows a Russian MiG-23 Flogger and MiG-29 Fulcrum parked between three F-4 Phantoms.  But why?

tyndall afb migs 2  Google Reveals Former Soviet MiGs at Tyndall AFB, Florida(Image: Google Earth via Europa Technologies)

Since the Cold War, U.S.-operated MiGs have traditionally  flown from the Groom Lake test facility, better known as Area 51.  Some have found their way to museums, despite a continued shroud of secrecy cloaking their origins.  The information accompanying a MiG-21 at Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, for instance, mysteriously says “origins unknown”.

mig 29 pima  Google Reveals Former Soviet MiGs at Tyndall AFB, Florida(Image: Matt Ottosen (website: Arizona Aviation Photographers), reproduced with permission)

This forum claims the MiG-29 is a former Moldovan Air Force jet that had been at Tyndall AFB since the early 1990s.  Since the satellite photo was taken (2007), the Fulcrum appears to have moved to Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona (shown above).  On the museum’s website, it’s serial number is listed as “unknown”.  The mystery continues.

One thought on “Google Reveals Former Soviet MiGs at Tyndall AFB, Florida”

  1. I’m not sure how this aircraft was originally acquired, but it sat at Tyndall for years, and was displayed during the air shows they would put on. It wasn’t flyable and the canopy and engine exhausts were just made out of formed sheet metal. Makes me pretty sad to know that it’s not at Tyndall anymore. I wonder if the MiG-23 is with it out there at Pima with it. I remember seeing that thing parked outside the WEG years before the maintenance facilities were built for the incoming F-22’s.

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