posted on Nov, 1 2005 @ 01:29 PM
After many years of `active` service , Albania has finally made the decision to retire the fleet of ancient Mig 15`s , 17`s and 19`s , and convert to
a pure helicopter force - although this decision is seen as looking to the future , the helicopters are of a similar vintage to the fighters being
TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's antiquated air force of Soviet-designed MiG aircraft, which killed 35 Albanian pilots but no enemies, is finally on its
way to the museum and the scrapheap, the armed forces chief said on Tuesday.
"If anyone wants to buy them, they are welcome," General Pellumb Qazimi told Reuters. Some potential Western buyers "wanted to turn them into bars",
"You could still see where the bullet holes had been repaired," Teta told Reuters. The 15s were followed in the 1970s and 1980s by scores of MiG-17s,
or Frescoes in NATO parlance, and MiG-19s, known to the alliance as Farmers
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Many of the aircraft , in fact just about all of them are in fact chinese built versions of the MiG 15/17 and 19 , and are in very poor repair. So
much so that the chinese built aircraft could well be described as a danger to fly!
These aircraft can be bought for not alot if anyone is interested