Armour Collection B11E405 German Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 'Fulcrum' Fighter - Luftwaffe's Fulcrum Farewell Tour of the USA, 2003 (1:48 Scale)
"By powerful artillery fire, air strikes, and a wave of attacking tanks, we're supposed to swiftly crush the enemy."
- Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov
The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" ("Tochka Opori" in Russian) was designed and built to be a single-seat supersonic, all-weather, air superiority fighter representing the latest and perhaps last fighter produced by the Mikoyan Design Bureau. The primary role of the MiG-29 is to destroy air targets at ranges from 60 to 200 kilometers (30 to 110 nautical miles) at all altitudes, on all profiles, in any weather, and under all electronic countermeasures (ECM) conditions. In addition, the basic MiG-29 is capable of limited air-to-ground operations and in advanced versions, has been optimized to attack both stationary and moving targets with precision guided munitions (PGM).
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a MiG-29 Fulcrum was flown by Luftwaffe Staffel 731 of JG 73 "Steinhoff" during the Fulcrum Farewell Tour of the USA in 2003. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9.5 inches
Length: 13.75 inches
Historical Account: "So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu" - Even overseas, the Luftwaffe liked to show off with its MiGs. To combat the lack of an air-to-air refuelling capability and enable the jets to cross the Big Pond, the ICAO II programme was designed to improve its long-range navigation and extend its range. Between 1996 and 2000, seven single-seaters were upgraded. Two underwing tanks, each holding 1,150 litres of fuel, combined with the auxiliary fuselage tank increased its ferry range to over 1,000nm (1,850km) -- thus doubling the range it had had with internal fuel tanks and adding an extra 55 km over its range with centreline fuselage tank alone. In addition, a GPS satellite navigation system was integrated into the avionics suite.
Finally, in the autumn of 1999, six MiGs were deployed via Scotland and Greenland to North America, where they took part first in ultra low-level flying training of Luftwaffe pilots in Goose Bay, Canada and then in the US Air Force's Red Flag 00/1 exercise at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. Here the Luftwaffe's Fulcrums flew in the role for which they were best suited, as a squadron of adversary aircraft playing the part of enemy forces.
The Americans were impressed, and over the next few years they took part in further high-profile exercises in the USA and Canada. From May to July 2003 the MiGs went on a 'farewell tour': the last trans-atlantic deployment ended at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where the Fulcrum pilots had one last opportunity to fire live missiles in 'Sniper 2003'.
For cost reasons, many of the MiGs did not get the promised 1300-hour workshop overhaul. Following the decision to hand the jets over to the new NATO partner, Poland, to help it build up its strength, the Fulcrums were approaching their last flight in the service of the Luftwaffe. In August 2004, the end of the MiG-29 era in Germany was over. (courtesy Flug Revue)