Main page "Colours ot the MiG-29 (Fulcrum)"
Україна (Ukraïna) (Ukraine)
Revised: November 2012
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic between 1984 and 1991
1991: 209 МiGs-29/29UB (9-12, 9-13, 9-51) from Soviet Union inheritance
Since 2005: modernization to MiG-29MU1 standard (few aircrafts)
MiG-29/MiG-29UB: too many
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
19843-1985: first regiment in Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic equipped with MiG-29 was 145th IAP in Ивано-Франковск (Ivano-Frankovsk).
1986: second regiment was 100th IKIAP formed in 1986 in Novo-Fyedorovka* (near Saki, Crimea), to prepare the pilots to carrier deck landings. Of course only approaches to ship are performed, and landings was realised on a runway in NITKA** facilities, when a ramp to simulate the deck of the carrier was built. In 1898 1065th CBP was formed in Saki with three squadrons (1st: 20 Su-27, 2nd: 18 MiG-29/UB, 3rd: 8 Su-25/UB and 7 Su-25UTG).
Third regiment equipped in 1987 with MiG-29 was 92nd IAP in Мукачево (Mukachevo).
Some MiGs were delivered in 1987 to training 343rd IIAP, Багай-Барановка (Сенная) (Bagay-Baranovka, Syennaya) and in 1990 to academy in Kharkov/Kharkiv (to ground training only).
In May 1991 in Starokonstantinovsk were deployed 85 GvIAP withdrawed from Merseburg in German Democratic Republic.
Former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic became independent Ukraine 24th August 1991 when USSR splits.
17th March 1992 were formed Військово-Повітряні Сили України (Air Forces of Ukraine), in 2004/2005 transformed into Повітряні Сили Збройних Сил України (Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine), current user.
In 1991 Ukrainian national emblem Trizub (Trident) was painted initially in blue circle, as on that MiG-29's #44 grey fin. In 1992 some aircrafts have rudders in national colours - note that different colours in Trizub and on rudder is not my mistake, also roundel on #44 was not perfect.
MiG-29UB, Ukraine about 1991-1992. In 1991 in 92th regiment in Mukachevo nice leopards were painted on many aircrafts. Note a shape of the Trizub's shield on the fin and a subtle green to cover the red star. Drawing accuracy: 100%.
In early nineties for shooting exercises in Mary air range Ukrainian MiGs gets shark mouths (sometimes joined with a leopards) and more complex emblems, like on that 9-13 white #37 from 145th regiment. Photo: Alfred Matusewicz.
1993: 145th VAP (винищувальний авіаційний полк, in Ukrainian fighter air regiment) in Івано-Франківськ (Ivano-Frankivsk) was disbanded and replaced in site by 114th regiment withdrawed from Milovice in Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
1993: 92nd VAP was dislocated from Mukachevo to Васильків (Vasilkiv).
1995: 100th regiment was disbanded. Its aircrafts were delivered to various units (Su-27 to 831st VAP), MiGs-29 to 62nd VAP in Бельбек (Belbek). One squadron left in Saki, its aircrafts have then a Ukrainian Navy flags painted on fuselage, instead previous Soviet Navy flags.
In 2000 some MiGs were delivered to College in Vasilkiv, Air Force Institute in Kharkiv and museum in Kiev.
In 2003 85th VAP in Старокостянтинів (Starokonstyantiniv) was disbanded.
In 20xx, last (so far) Ukrainian regiment equipped with MiG-29 became a unit in Озерне (Ozyernye, Ozerne).
First Ukrainian display team on MiGs-29 was a short-lived team without official name, formed in 1992, equipped with 1 x MiG-29 (number 01) and 1 x MiG-29UB (number 02), from unknown unit, maybe 92th regiment. UkrAF MiG-29 Demonstration Team was called The Tridents by aviation magazine when it appeared in Canada (for the rest of the tour they were called Tridents or Ukrainian Tridents). They visit 17 city during '92 North American tour; '93 tour was not allowed by the authorities, so the team "died". Later one of the Trident team pilots colonel Viktor Rossoshansky organized a new team under the name of Ukrainian Falcons (many thanks to Taras for informations).
In years between 1997 and 2002 was active the aerobatic group Українські Соколи (Ukrainian Falcons) with MiGs in special paintings (initially with L-39). Team was disbanded after tragic Su-27UB's crash during airshow in 2002 in Lviv airfield Sknilov.
|Withdraw of the 9-12||
In August 2008 Ukrainian prime-minister Timoshenko decided to withdraw some oldest MiGs from air force inventory (probably almost all or even all it'a a 9-12 version) - in total 63 MiG-29/UB, which are stored from years in:
In 2010 in airfields and repair plant sstill are stored many aircrafts (not only MiGs-29!) in various Soviet and Ukrainian camouflages (painted usually in regiments, not in repair plants).
|Various paintings and camouflages||
For some reason a great respect in 92th regiment they have to Maestro Леонід Биков (Leonid Bikov)*. Years ago the Su-15 #41 has its name, since 1998 MiG-29 #70. After overhauls, an inscription "Maestro Leonid Bykov" and few musical notes are always carefully painted on fuselage. In fact, in nineties it was 9-12, later it was another 9-13 renumbered to #70 and christened "Maestro Leonid Bikov". On drawing is MiG-29 #70 9-13, about 2007.
* Leonid Bikov (1928-1979) it was a screenwriter, director and actor in '1973 war drama В бой идут одни "старики" (Only "old man" go to the fight), about a squadron fighting for liberation of the Ukraine during Second World War.
Many of Ukrainian MiGs were painted not in repair plant, but in local regiments's ТЭЧ технико-эксплуатационная часть (Technical Maintenance Unit). That's why they are completely different from standard MiG-29 pattern. Here's some examples, drawings are somewhat schematic (accuracy of shapes about 80 to 90 percents).
and MiG-29MU1 upgrade
Since 1992 overhauls of the Ukrainian MiGs (and engines) were realised mainly in Львівський Державний авіаційно-ремонтний завод "ЛДАРЗ" (Lviv State Air Repair Plant "LDARZ") and in "MiGremont" in Zaporizhzhya or sometimes in "Odesaviarem-servis", Odessa.
Since about 2008 (or earlier) MiGs overhauled in LDARZ are painted in much more conventional manner, with lightgrey background and blotches in nice blue colour (on each aircraft shapes of blotches and a tint of lightblue colour are very slightly different). Two variants of that paintings are applied. In both variants radars are white or grey, numbers white or blue, depends on the unit (tactical brigade). Until Summer of the 2010 almost 20 MiGs were overhauled. Accuracy of the following drawings is high.
Summary (August 2010)
1st variant with white radar cones:
Since 2008 few MiGs (so far, until Summer 2010, I've notice only two) were lightly modernized in Lviv LDARZ to so called MiG-29MU1 standard, incl. satellite navigation systems SN-3307. A little cupola on spine it's a part of the satellite navigation and targeting system - a visual sign of MU1 upgrade. Engines RD-33 are overhauled in Луцький ремонтний завод «МОТОР» (Repair Plant "ENGINE") in Lutsk.
|So called digital camouflage||Since 2012 Ukrainian MiGs are painted in new scheme - so called digital camoulfage. First aircraft: MiG-29 #02 (blue with white outline), then #04 (white with blue outline), 53 (white with yellow outline), MiG-29UB #85 (blue with white outline), MiG-29UB #90 (white with blue outline). Lower surfaces are greyblue, upper in four colours (five different colours in total).|
|Colors of the MiG-29 (МиГ-29).|
Worldwide aircraft Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-29 (Fulcrum) camouflage and painting schemes
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