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Islamic Republic of Iran Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29A Fulcrum Fighter - 3-6133, Tehran, Iran, 2010s

Hobby Master Islamic Republic of Iran Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29A 'Fulcrum' Fighter - 3-6133, Tehran, Iran, 2010s




 
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Hobby Master HA6504 Islamic Republic of Iran Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29A 'Fulcrum' Fighter - 3-6133, Tehran, Iran, 2010s (1:72 Scale) "Skyhigh Is My Place"
- Motto of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

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).

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of an Iraqi MiG-29A 'Fulcrum' multirole fighter from the Iraqi 6th Squadron that was later commandeered and employed in the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force after it was forced to flee Iraq as a result of Operation Desert Storm. Pre-order! Ship Date: August 2020.

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 9-1/2-inches
Length: 13-3/4-inches

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Historical Account: "Black Ramadan" - At least 60 of Iraq's best fighter jets streaked to safety in neighboring Iran following the Coalition's attack to liberate Kuwait from Iragi occupation in 1991. At the time, it was believed that this was a part of President Saddam Hussein's war strategy. Pentagon officials confirmed that more than 80, and possibly more than 100, top-of-the-line Iraqi fighters and transport planes were granted sanctuary in Iran.

Iran, which claimed neutrality in the war, said it would impound the warplanes until the conflict ended. But skeptical U.S. officials believed that the jets may only be sheltered temporarily and would then re-enter the fighting later, perhaps after an allied ground offensive begins.

"Many former Iraqi fighter pilots who flew sorties against Iran during the Iran-Iraq war were on Iran's hit list according to a December 14th, 2009, confidential U.S. cable.

The systematic elimination of Iraqi air force pilots by Iran was a little noticed vendetta amid the crossfire of ethnic fighting and urban combat that convulsed Iraq in the years after the U.S. invasion toppled Saddam Hussein's regime.

Iran used the chaos in the aftermath of the invasion to settle scores from the Iran-Iraq war, an eight-year slug fest from 1980 to 1988 in which an estimated 500,000 Iranians and Iraqis died. The war was largely a bloody standoff that resembled World War I at times with trench warfare, poison gas, human wave and bayonet attacks.

Iran, however, has taken a special vengeance on the pilots of the Iraqi air force and the lawlessness that followed the collapse of Saddam's regime gave Iran its opportunity.

In addition to the 182 pilots who have been hunted down and killed by Iranian agents, the assassination campaign prompted another 800 Iraqi pilots to flee the country, according to statistics released by the Iraqi Defense Ministry.

The targeting of air force pilots began in Baghdad's largely Shiite neighborhood of Karradah and reached its peak in the holy month of Ramadan in 2005 when 36 pilots were gunned down in that neighborhood.

Residents of Karradah refer to that killing season as the Black Ramadan.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Opening canopy
  • Comes with seated pilot figure
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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