Colours of the MiG-29. Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-29 camouflage and painting schemes. European countries, Russia, Asia. MiG-29, MiG-29UB, MiG-29SMT, MiG-29K/KUB, MiG-35

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Revised: February 2018

POLSKA (POLAND)

Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa (People's Republic of Poland) until end of 1989
Rzeczpospolita Polska (Republic of Poland) since 1990

Deliveries

In service since 1989

1989-1990: 12 MiGs from USSR (9 x 9-12A + 3 x 9-51)
Delivery of next 6 MiGs was canceled

December 1995 - January 1996: 10 MiGs from Czech Republic = 9 x 9-12A + 1 x 9-51
Exchanged with Czech Republic for Polish Sokół helicopters

Since 1997 overhauls in Poland, in Bydgoszcz, at Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 2 (Military Air Works no. 2)

2003-2004: 22 MiGs from Germany (18 x MiG-29G + 4 x MiG-29GT)
In total 44 MiGs between 1989 and 2004

2013-2014: 16 MiGs from Mińsk were slightly upgraded (electronic equipment, digital communication systems).

Losses:
18 December 2017: MiG-29 #67 crashed in forest near Mińsk airfield, pilot survived.
6 July 2018: MiG-29 #4103 from Malbork crashed near village Sakówka (near Pasłęk) during night flight. Pilot ejected, but not survived.

Units

Mińsk Mazowiecki since 1989
1989-2000: 1 Pułk Lotnictwa Myśliwskiego "Warszawa" (1 PLM, 1st Regiment of Fighter Aviation "Warsaw")*
2001-2010: 1 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego "Warszawa" (1 ELT, 1st Squadron of Tactical Aviation "Warsaw")**

Since July 2010: 23 Baza Lotnictwa Taktycznego (23rd Base of Tactical Aviation)***
* 1st Regiment was divided into two squadrons (Eskadra): 1st squadron gets MiGs in 1989-1990, 2nd squadron retain its MiGs-21 until 1996, when was equipped with ex-Czech MiGs.
** 1st Tactical Squadron was formed in January 2001 within a structure of 23rd Air Base (23 Baza Lotnicza) and 1st Regiment was disbanded.
*** In July 2010 1st Tactical Squadron and 23rd Air Base were joined together and 23rd Base of Tactical Aviation was formed.

Malbork (airfield Królewo) since 2004
2004-2010: 41 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego (41 ELT, 41st Squadron of Tactical Aviation)*

Since January 2011: 22 Baza Lotnictwa Taktycznego (22nd Base of Tactical Aviation )**
* 41st Tactical Squadron it's a former 41 Pułk Lotnictwa Myśliwskiego in Malbork. Squadron was formed in January 2001 within 22nd Air Base (22 Baza Lotnicza). It's a second Polish air force unit equipped with MiGs-29.
* In January 2011 41st Tactical Squadron and 22nd Air Base were joined together and 22nd Base of Tactical Aviation was formed.

Since 2008 some MiGs were in museums (Warsaw, Kraków) and other sites (military academy in Dęblin, repair factory in Bydgoszcz, high school in Chełm).

Numbers

1989/1990 batch from USSR (1st squadron of 1st Regiment, later 1st Tactical Squadron, now 23rd Base)
MiG-29A: 65 66 67 70 105 108 111 114 115
MiG-29UB: 15 42 64

July 1989: 65 66 67 70
August 1989: 15 42 64
September 1990: 105
October 1990: 108 111 114 115
Polish number it's a - in general - two or three last digits of factory serial number, i.e: 2960526365 = 65, 2960535105 = 105.

1995/1996 batch from Czech Republic (2nd squadron of 1st Regiment, later 1st Tactical Squadron, now 23rd Base)
MiG-29A: 38 40 54 56 59 77 83 89 92
MiG-29UB: 28

typeSerial numberCzech numberPolish numberdelivered
MiG-292960532038381038 Dec 1995
MiG-2929606323595918 59 Dec 1995
MiG-2929605263777702 77 Dec 1995
MiG-2929605263898906 89 Dec 1995
MiG-2929605263929207 92 Dec 1995
MiG-29UB509030145284402 28 Dec 1995
MiG-2929606320404012 40 Jan 1996
MiG-2929606323545414 54 Jan 1996
MiG-2929606323565616 56 Jan 1996
MiG-2929605263838304 83 Jan 1996

2003/2004 batch from Germany (41st Tactical Squadron, now 22nd Base)
MiG-29A: 4101 4102 4103 4104 4107 4108 4109 4111 4112 4113 4114 4116 4117 4118 4119 4120 4121 4122
MiG-29UB: 4105 4110 4115 4123
type GDR number FRG number Polish numberdelivered
MiG-29604 29+01 4116 VIII.2004
MiG-29607 29+02 4117 IV.2004
MiG-29615 29+03 -stay in Germany (Laage, now in museum in Berlin)
MiG-29628 29+04 4111 VIII.2004
MiG-29635 29+05 4118 VIII.2004
MiG-29661 29+06 4107 XI.2003
MiG-29668 29+07 4101 IX.2003
MiG-29669 29+08 4112 IV.2004
MiG-29670 29+09 -crashed 1996 in Germany
MiG-29676 29+10 4119 VIII.2004
MiG-29677 29+11 4102 IX.2003
MiG-29679 29+12 4113 VIII.2004
MiG-29684 29+14 4114 IV.2004
MiG-29693 29+15 4108 XII.2003
MiG-29699 29+16 4103 IX.2003
MiG-29745 29+17 4104 IX.2003
MiG-29777 29+18 4120 VIII.2004
MiG-29778 29+19 4109 XII.2003
MiG-29785 29+20 4121 VIII.2004
MiG-29786 29+21 4122 IV.2004
MiG-29UB 148 29+22 4110 XII.2003
MiG-29UB 179 29+23 4115 VIII.2004
MiG-29UB 181 29+24 4105 IX.2003
MiG-29UB 185 29+25 4123 VIII.2004

2004-2007 German MiGs were overhauled in Bydgoszcz (15 aircraft: 4101 4103 4104 4105 4110 4111 4112 4113 4115 4116 4118 4120 4121 4122 4123) except MiGs in ICAO-II standard (probably were used as source of spare parts).

Camouflage and painting


1 Pułk Lotnictwa Myśliwskiego "Warszawa", Mińsk Mazowiecki. Emblem of the regiment was city of Warsaw mermaid

Polish Air Force MiG-29
MiG-29 65, Poland 1989

Polish Air Force MiG-29
MiG-29 70, Poland 1989. Standard camouflage of Polish MiG-29

Polish Air Force MiG-29
MiG-29 70, Poland 1989, Święto Lotnictwa (Air Force Day) in Poznań. Regiment's emblem was covered with adhesive tape to hide a location of top secret unit

Polish Air Force MiG-29
MiG-29 70, Poland 1991. Occasional paintings around number: "70 YEARS WARSZAWA"

Polish Air Force MiG-29
MiG-29 67, Poland 1990. One and only MiG: different camouflage on fins

Polish Air Force MiG-29
MiG-29 67, Poland 1997. The same aircraft few years later


Emblem on air intake is 2 klucz (2nd flight)


MiG-29UB 64, Poland 1990


MiG-29 114, Poland 1990


MiG-29 114, in-flight tests in Israel "Negev Squadron", 1997


MiG-29 114, Poland 1999


MiG-29 115, Poland 1994, occasional painting for French Mirages visit


MiG-29 115, Poland 1997, Orli Szpon (Eagle Talon) exercise



MiG-29 77, Poland 1995, ex Czech 7702. Czech MiGs were in green-brown camouflage. All were repainted to new grey-darkgrey scheme since 1997.



1 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego, Mińsk Mazowiecki. Since 2004 emblem is so called godło kościuszkowskie (Kosciuszko's emblem) with a traditions of 7th Eskadra (1920) and 303rd Squadron in Great Britain during 2nd World War.
Some aircraft in years 2004-2007 worn two emblems (Kosciuszko's and old Warsaw mermaid).


At the end of 2000 a regiment 1 Pułk Lotnictwa Myśliwskiego "Warszawa" was disbanded, so mermaid lost letters "plm", but still left on aircraft.


Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 2, Bydgoszcz
Old and new emblem. Painted after overhaul on fins


MiG-29 70, 1 elt, Poland 2001, overhauled 1997
Six aircraft (70, 66, 77, 65, 15, 92) overhauled between 1997 and 1999 don't have a black spot on nose.


MiG-29 66, 1 elt, Poland 2001, overhauled 1998


MiG-29 77, 1 elt, Poland 2001, overhauled 1999


MiG-29 67, 1 elt, Poland 2002, overhauled 2002


MiG-29 114, 1 elt, Poland 2007, overhauled 2005


MiG-29 64, 1 elt, Poland 2007, overhauled 2001


MiG-29 105, 1 elt, Poland 2007, overhauled 2004


In 2006 four aircraft was used in Polski Kontyngent Wojskowy "Orlik" in Lithuania (Siauliai) in air policing mission...


MiG-29 77, 1 elt, Poland 2007, just before second overhaul. Note many emblems ("Toyo" it's a pilot nick name) and repaintings.


MiG-29 115, 1 elt, Poland 2006, overhauled 2005


Ppłk dypl. pil. Robert Cierniak was a commander of 1 elt and PKW "Orlik". We believe that four-leaf clover brings lucky.



41 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego, Malbork


MiG-29 4115, Poland 2005, ex German 29+15. Temporarily painted in WZL-2.


MiG-29 4115, Poland 2007 ex German 29+15.


MiG-29 4118, Poland 2004, ex German 29+05.


MiG-29 4121 Poland 2006, ex German 29+20.


MiG-29 70, Poland 2007, after second overhaul aircraft was transferred from 1 elt (Mińsk) to 41 elt (Malbork), as 66 and 15


Emblem on air intake (flying duck) belong to squadron's armaments flight (klucz uzbrojenia).


MiG-29 4119, Poland, May 2007, ex German 29+10. Not overhauled, but repainted in possible new camouflage scheme. Remains in WZL-2.


MiG-29 4114, Poland, October 2007, ex German 29+14. Not overhauled, even not repainted. Passed from WZL-2 to Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna in Warszawa.


Ex-german MiG-29 #29+06,
educational aid in Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa (State Profession High School) at Chełm, Poland 2008. Fictious number 2001, still in German camouflage.

Special painting "Kosynierzy Warszawscy" (Warsaw Scythemen)

"Kosynierzy Warszawscy" (Warsaw Scythemen)

First MiG with historic emblem of so called Kosciuszko's Squadron was MiG-29UB #15, second MiG-29 #56, painted in 2009.


MiG-29UB #15 was overhauled in 2008. In 2009's gets large 1st Squadron's emblem on top. Goraszka Air Show 2009.

Since June 2012 Robert Gretzyngier and Wojciech Matusiak, members of Fundacja Historyczna Lotnictwa Polskiego, paint on MiGs portraits of historical commanders (two portraits of the same person on each MiG) of 7th Escadrilla, 111th Squadron and Squadron 303 (the last one famous from Battle of Britain).

MiG-29 56 2012 June Marian Pisarek (1912-1942) colourful emblem
MiG-29UB 15 2012 Zdzisław Krasnodębski (1904-1980) colourful emblem
MiG-29 111 2012 Mirosław Ferić (1915-1942) low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 40 2012 Witold Urbanowicz (1908-1996)low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 115 Bolesław Gładych (1918-2011)low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 59 2013 May Zdzisław Henneberg (1911-1941) low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 114 2013 Eugeniusz Horbaczewski (1917-1944) low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 108 2013 Ludwik Paszkiewicz (1907-1940) low-visibility emblem
MiG-29UB 28 2013 Gustaw Sidorowicz (1905-1993) low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 67 2013 Wojciech Kołaczkowski (1908-2001) low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 42 2013 July Cederic Fauntleroy (1891-1973)low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 105 2013 July Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973)low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 38 2014 Wojciech Januszewicz (1911-1940)low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 83 2014 Witold Łokuciewski (1917-1990)low-visibility emblem
MiG-29 89 2014 Bolesław Drobiński (1918-1995) no emblem
MiG-29 54 2016 (?) Jerzy Jankiewicz (1913-1942)

Mirosław Ferić

Witold Urbanowicz

Marian Pisarek

Zdzisław Krasnodębski
Kosynierzy Warszawscy Warsaw Scythemen
Emblem in low-visibility version, painted since 2012

Polish Air Force MiG-29
First MiG-29 from 23rd Base (portraits of Marian Pisarek). Mińsk Mazowiecki, June 2012.

Polish Air Force MiG-29
First MiG-29 from 23rd Base with low-visibility emblem (portraits of Mirosław Ferić). Mińsk Mazowiecki, 2012. Emblem is painted with slighty lighter enamel than lightgrey upper background.

Stanisław Skalski

Polish Air Force 22 Tactical Aviation Base



Polish Air Force MiG-29UB
In May 2015 aircraft #4105 from Malbork gets special painting to honour a famous Polish pilot Stanisław Skalski.

Modernization

Between November 2013 and November 2014 16 aircraft from Mińsk were slightly upgraded in WZL-2 @ Bydgoszcz (electronic equipment, digital communication systems)
15 28 38 40 42 54 56 59 67 83 89 105 108 111 114 115.

Low-visibility

Since May 2014 overhauled aircraft are painted in new scheme similar to Polish F-16 (also overhauled Su-22M4 and Su-22UM3).
Lighter colours, grey numbers, colourful national marks. Low-visibility without grey national marks (which I hate personally. It's simple for me: Polish flag is white and red, so Polish marks on aircraft should be white and red).
2014-2015: 28 (UB)
2016-2017: 38, 42 (UB), 54, 56, 67, 89

Polish Air Force MiG-29
2016-2017: MiGs from Mińsk Mazowiecki in new low visibility painting scheme. Scheme is very similar on every aricraft, but not exactly the same. Here is MiG-29 #38.

Polish Air Force MiG-29UB
Early 2018: MiG-29UB #4123 from Malbork in low visibility painting scheme.

Mariusz Wojciechowski MiG-29 in colours Colours of the MiG-29 (МиГ-29).
Worldwide aircraft Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-29 (Fulcrum) camouflage and painting schemes

MiG-29 MiG-29S MiG-29UB MiG-29M MiG-29M2 MiG-29UBT MiG-29SD MiG-29N MiG-29NUB MiG-29K MiG-29KUB
MiG-29AS MiG-29G MiG-29GT MiG-29BM MiG-29SM MiG-29SE MiG-29SMT MiG-29UPG MiG-29SMP MiG-29OVT MiG-35

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