It's an impressive aircraft with that enormous fuel tank under it. Still those Algerian interceptors . . .
The French had some missions planed about a year ago in Lybia to bomb the base in the middle of country where they still had the Tu-22 bombers and a lot of Lybian MiG-25's stored around the base. Did they go in??? Are there any post strike images around or even better visit to the base???
Wouldn't have been worth it. The Libyan MIG-25's had been out of service many years before the conflict. There was also general bad maintenance on most of the air force`s aircrafts, they did not really invest much on that large number of old aircrafts to keep them flying, in fact i remember one article in a British aviation magazine of one senior officier who was flying i believe Mig-23 or Mig-21 who got killed soon after his interview when his airplane either crashed or disintegrated in flight. To give just the exemple of the IAF, they retired their own MIG-25's because it had become too expensive to keep them flying, they were at the point where they had to cannibalize aircrafts for parts and they had to reverse engineer what they could not replace because the manufacturer would not give them new parts, they also would not even give them blueprints to make new parts themselves, those had been destroyed as well i think. I can't figure out how Algeria can still keep theirs flying, probably the same way as India did, so my guess is that they won't be flying for much more time, that is unless the gov't is willing to keep pouring large sums of petro-dinars into having reverse-engineered parts made by some companies or even in-house to keep them flying some more (depends on how much pride the AF and gov't put in these assets to justify what is a bit of a financial hole just so they can say they are the last air force flying Mach 3 aircrafts).
This post has been edited by Stratospheremodels: 17 October 2012 - 04:21 AM