Leave it to an aviation trade blog to uncover a semi-hidden cache of rare Soviet-era warplanes right here in our backyard. A recent AviationWeek.com post by Nigel Howarth – Floggers, Fishbeds and Albatrosses in L’il Ol’ Delaware – does just that, with astounding photographs taken by an author obviously granted special access to these speedy East Bloc relics.
Delaware proudly proclaims itself as The First State, but it’s not the first state that springs to
mind when you think about air racing, or Russian military jets…
Wilmington’s New Castle Airport is home to a large number of business jets, an Air National
Guard unit (flying C-130Hs) and an Army National Guard unit (flying UH-60s).
Tucked away in an anonymous hangar lies a small collection of MiGs, namely two
ex-Czechoslovak Air Force MiG 23 Floggers, and a MiG 21 Fishbed.
He goes on to reference a “pair of Su-25 Frogfoots on the farm elsewhere in Delaware.” Some farm! Who is this mystery Cold War aviation buff? Click here for Howarth’s story.