Posted: Fri 1st Sep 2017

MiG – nificent Cold War fighter jets pays visit to Hawarden Airport

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Sep 1st, 2017

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A MiG-15 fighter trainer believed to be the only one left flying in Northern Europe made an appearance over Deeside today as it made its way to Hawarden Airport for a fuel stop.

The Cold War classic belonging to the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron is taking part in various air shows across the UK

The aircraft painted and marked as “RED 18” to represent Russian-Soviet pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s MiG-15, the first human to journey into outer space in 1961.

Gagarin was stationed close to the Norwegian border as a fighter pilot flying the MiG-15 before his cosmonaut training.

The MiG 15 was photographed landing at Hawarden Airport by @Jedex who sent us the images below.

[/vc_column_text][mp_carousel_1 carousel_images=”57302,57301,57299″][vc_column_text]The Hawarden visitor is a Polish-built SB Lim-2 (MiG-15UTI), produced by WSK-Mielec in 1952.

Following its Polish Air Force service ending in 1990, the aircraft was exported to the USA, and based at Quillayute Airport just outside Forks, Washington.

It was again returned to Europe in the summer of 2014. Experienced ex. Polish Air Force MiG-15 engineers carry out the maintenance of the aircraft.

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