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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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Saturday Apr 8
9:30AM TO 1:00PM
Exploration of Flight

Private Pilot Ground School Begins

Saturday, Apr 8 | 9:30AM to 1:00PM

Saturdays 4/8/23 – 5/27/23
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This 8-week Ground School will cover the subject areas of the FAA Private Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Exam. 

This course is taught by Certified Instructors, and materials are included! Classroom ground instruction offers a great way to start training as efficiently and economically as possible, providing a significant cost savings versus one-on-one lessons.


Topics include:

  • Aircraft Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Airports and Airspace
  • Flight Physiology
  • Performance Calculations
  • Navigation
  • And More!


Non-Member | $350.00 per registrant

Member | $300.00 per registrant


Next Class: On Saturdays from April 8th to May 27th, 9:30am – 1:00pm

This class is currently being reserved for Flight Training Scholarship applicants. Remaining seats will be sold at a later date. To join the waitlist, please click here.


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Students should bring a notebook and/or a personal device for notetaking.

Participants must be 14 years or older.

Saturday Apr 8
9:30AM TO 12:30PM
Exploration of Flight

Breakfast Fly-In

Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, Apr 8 | 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Join Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight for monthly fly-ins featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!

Spend Saturday* morning watching aircraft fly in, enjoy breakfast from a local food truck and explore interactive exhibits and simulators.

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*Please note that this event is taking place on the 2nd Saturday of the month instead of the 1st Saturday.

Food Truck: Bruncholero
Please note: Food purchases are not included in admission.

Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact or 303.360.5360 ext 160.

*Weather permitting

Saturday Apr 8
10:00AM TO 2:00PM
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Cockpit Demo Day

Cockpit Demo Day
Saturday, Apr 8 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Get an up close look inside select aircraft at the museum and learn all about the history of the aircraft, instruments and controls!

Featured Aircraft in April:

  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 MLD
  • LTV A-7D Corsair II
  • Alexander Eaglerock
  • Cessna U-3A (Wheelchair accessible)
  • Bede BD-5 (Wheelchair accessible)

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