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In memoriam
Laurenţiu KIRU Chiriţă * 1970 † 2010

In October 2002 the author together with enthousiasts from several countries had the opportunity to visit airbases of the Romanian Air Force in Bucharest-Otopeni, Titu, Feteşti, Mihail Kogălniceanu and Timisoara.


Among the aircraft of the Otopeni based transport wing are C-130, An-24 / 26 / 30 and few Mi-8 (seen here).



Titu is the home base of the IAR 330 SOCAT, which is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and new weapons systems.



MiG-21F-13 in front of the staff building at Feteşti.


The 86. air base is completely equipped with MiG-21 Lancers ...


... most of them LanceR A.


For pilot training a modern LanceR simulator exists.


After their retirement last year all H-5 (Chinese Il-28) are stored at Feteşti.


 Mihail Kogălniceanu

The MiG-29s based at Mihail Kogălniceanu near did not take off for a couple of months and will probably remain grounded for some time due to technical problems.


Among the Romanian MiG-29s is one of the 9-13 version (Fulcrum C).


Also operating from Mihail Kogălniceanu: IAR 330.


LanceR A approaching Timisoara.


At Timișoara MiG-21s of LanceR A and B version are based.


This colourful MiG-21MF-75 is used as gateguard of the air base.


The almost entire Romanian MiG-23 fleet awaits its scrapping at Timisoara.