Flying Kalashnikov (Spiegel online, Germany)

Flying Kalashnikov ('Spiegel online', Германия)

Photo: Mike Zamfirescu

From the translator: Earlier magazine "Der Spiegel" started heading «Eines Tages», which literally means "One beautiful day," but the meaning is equivalent to our "Once upon a time", with these words in the German language the tales and legends . In this section, an old article reprinted edition, items that can not be overlooked. Thank you to our scout and interpreter windruf for what he had found this article and sent me to translate. Translate was not easy, the article is written sensibly, but I hope I managed to convey the feelings of the creator.

As long as Uwe Bayroyter rolling out its own MiG-21 on the runway of the military airport of Presov, at some point in his memoirs swept the 10 years he served the pilot of the third fighter squadron of the State of the GDR People's Army (NPA GDR) "Vladimir Komarov" in the south of Brandenburg. 10 years, this 32 year old man gave a military career. He flew in all the three links of the squadron, was promoted to Major NPA East Germany, and has always flown the MiG-21: more than 1,300 sorties, flew about 840 hours. And now, December 14, 1990 all over.

Flying Kalashnikov ('Spiegel online', Германия)

Archives of the German Air Force

32 year old pilot once again looked over the lamp: once crammed fighters platform is currently empty and betonka as if swept janitor airfield looks abandoned. Bayroyter releases the brakes and MiG breaking away from the scene, the band carried on with a roaring afterburner. And when the plane after a few seconds off the ground Bayroyter still sees another figure from the runway — it's squadron commander, standing at attention and saluted, accompanies a frowning sky last December's MiG-21. "After all, someone saw that here and now the epoch of these aircraft," — says Bayroyter unusual gesture of squadron leader.

Flying Kalashnikov ('Spiegel online', Германия)

Photo: Manfred Zyban (Municipal Archives)

Since the reunification of Germany in 1990, after 34 years of its existence, the Army of the GDR was uniformly obey the Bundeswehr. And as part of the NPA fighter GDR pinned its hopes to continue to serve, their equipment was destroyed or given away Bundeswehr. So Makar, in Germany and completed a flying time of legends, as to the removal from service of the MiG-21 air space between the Elbe and the Oder lost most common military aircraft in history.

Flying Kalashnikov ('Spiegel online', Германия)

Photo: Department of Intelligence

Disposal of 50,000 marks

Cancellation usually goes very quickly and briefly. Last Bayroytera flight lasted only 29 minutes. The end point was Naysse Rothenburg on the river, the central collection point for the fleet of the former Air Force and Air Defense Forces NPA GDR. Soon decommissioned vehicles will be loaded onto trucks and sent away on an aircraft factory in Dresden «ELBE», where they will be disposed of 50,000 marks per plane. Reverse pilot also goes on the ground, on the bus.

30 years ago a memorable silhouette of the MiG-21 first appeared in the skies over East Germany. On the ground, then no one knew that the famous Russian Mikoyan and Gurevich with its new aircraft with a turbine and a delta wing has gone great breakthrough. Already in 1953, when the arms race was in full swing, the engineers were working on MiG fighter completely new: it had to be very agile and fly across the sky at a rate exceeding twice the speed of sound.

Flying Kalashnikov ('Spiegel online', Германия)

Photo: Pakistan Air Force

Four years in handy designers, this time was spent on experiments with various forms of the wing and fuselage. And now — a series of 10 test cars rolled out of the hangar aircraft factory number 31 in Tbilisi. Layout with a delta wing and a narrow fuselage, called the "E-5", in 1957, he received the name by which he was soon to become known as the main fighter of the Eastern Bloc armies — the MiG-21.

Flying Kalashnikov ('Spiegel online', Германия)

Photo: Department of Intelligence

"Air Kalashnikov"

In the fall of 1959 began series production of these interceptors, which could go up to a height of 18,000 feet, one of the prototypes set a new world speed record — an impressive 2,388 km per hour. The original idea of Russian aircraft manufacturers — to make a strong and at the same time easy to manage the machine — came to life. In two years, all the countries of the Warsaw contract set for yourself on this fighter armed with a unique cone vozduhopoglotitelya in the bow. They were followed by Finland, Yugoslavia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, and Cuba. Agile and reliable MiG-21, which could take off even with the usual field without a runway for kutsee time broke all sales records. "Air Kalashnikov", as it was called, by comparing the reliability of a famous Russian AK-47.

Flying Kalashnikov ('Spiegel online', Германия)
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