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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD Flogger

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD Flogger

The Soviet aircraft company Mikoyan-Gurevich began work on the MiG-23 in the early 1960s. The engineers at Mikoyan-Gurevich studied the American McDonnell F-4 Phantom II and General Dynamics F-111, and it isn’t difficult to see how those airplanes influenced the design of the MiG-23. It was the first Soviet jet with swing-wings to enable high speed flight as well as manageable takeoff and landing speeds. The first MiG-23 flew in 1967, and production aircraft entered service in 1970. The Soviet Union produced more than 5,000 of them over the next 18 years, and exported hundreds to their allies and client states.

Versions of the MiG-23 saw combat in Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Angola, Libya, Egypt, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, India, Pakistan, and Sudan.
Several MiG 23s came to the United States in 1977, where they were flown and evaluated by American pilots as part of the secret “Constant Peg” program.

This particular MiG-23 was built in a factory about 40 miles north of Moscow and delivered to the Bulgarian Air Force on February 20, 1985. For the next 11 years the 2nd Squadron, 18th Regiment flew it from Gabrovnitsa Airbase. The Bulgarians used their MiG-23s strictly as air-to-air fighters, but they never saw any combat. After the fall of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Communist government, the airplane flew very little, and in 1998-99 the squadron disbanded, and the airplane moved by road to Dobroslavtsi. It made its last flight on October 3, 2001, and spent the next seven years parked outdoors.

American investors purchased several MiG-23s in 2007-2008, including this one. After shipment to northern Texas, it was stored outdoors until 2019, when Tom and Brenda Kalfas donated the MiG to Wings Over the Rockies. Our Restorations team is working to restore the airplane.

Aircraft specifications:
Wingspan: variable from 25 ft 6 in to 45 ft 10 in (7.8-14 m)
Length: 54 ft 9 in (16.7 m)
Maximum speed: Mach 2.35 (1,551 mph; 2,496 km/h at 40,000 feet)
Maximum weight: 39,242 lb (17,800 kg)
Crew: One
Thrust: 18,800 lbf (83.6 kN); 28,660 lbf (127.49 kN) with afterburner

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Upcoming Events

Thursday May 23
10:00AM TO 8:00PM
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Air & Space Museum Open Late

Air & Space Museum Open Late
Thursday, May 23, 2024 | 10:00AM to 8:00PM

Can’t make it to the museum during the day, or looking for a fun evening out? Experience Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in a whole new light! Our hours for ‘Open Late’ nights are from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Standard admission pricing applies. As always, admission is free for our members. Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore captivating aviation and space exhibits after hours. We look forward to seeing you!

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Saturday May 25
10:00AM TO 2:00PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Backcountry Flying Showcase

Backcountry Flying Showcase
Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Expose yourself to the fun and challenges of backcountry flying! Meet pilots who enjoy escaping to Colorado’s backcountry and view featured aircraft on display including a Cessna 185, Cessna 180, Aviat Husky A1B and more!

Backcountry flying includes landing on grass or dirt strips, or dropping in to remote areas with a specially designed bush plane or seaplane. It can even include the challenging mountain flying that Colorado is famous for. Backcountry flying provides access to camping, hiking, fishing and more for those who enjoy being in the great wide open.

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Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a lecture on Mountain Flying from Bill Standerfer of the Colorado Pilots Association. This presentation is eligible for WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program credit.

Food Truck: Cazuelas Tacos de Fer
*Food purchases are not included in admission.

Tuesday May 28
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Summer Camp: Space Exploration

Summer Camp: Space Exploration
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 to Friday, May 31, 2024

Based on a NASA graphic novel, campers will design a drag device system, learn about NASA telescopes, space worms, spiders and other creatures. Campers will create RoboTools, and build a cryogenic fluid management system.

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CAMP LOCATION: Exploration of Flight at Centennial Airport (13005 Wings Way, Englewood, CO 80112). 

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