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 AEROSTAR Bacău (Romania) 2003

On November 21, 2003 the author was given the chance to visit AEROSTAR S.A. Bacău.

Following the delivery of the last upgraded MiG-21 LanceR in April now the industrial overhaul of the first production aircraft started.


All components are dismantled, inspected and - if necessary - repaired.


AEROSTAR also overhauls MiG-21 engines of all versions. After completion all engines are checked at companies engine test stand.


Unlike the prototypes of LanceR B and C versions which currently are brought at production standard the LanceR A prototype is stored at the factory.


Its fate is shared by the MiG-29 Sniper upgrade demonstrator.


What else could be seen ...
AEROSTAR is engaged in numerous civil programmes, among them this Turbojet fire extinguisher fitted with a R11 MiG-21 engine.

The author would like to thank Mrs. Doina Matanie and Mr. Danut Vlad for their hospitality and a comprehensive look inside AEROSTAR's activities.

Many thanks also to Stefan for 3000 km accident-free transport.