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    Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    Hi everybody.

    I usualy read the messages on this board. This time I will like to start one more picture challenge. How about the Albanian Air Force, air arm of the most isolated and secret country in Europe in the prevous 50 years. As with the Syrian Air Force, the number of pictures of Albanian military aircraft on the web is close to zero. And when you find something, you will see that they are of very bad quality. So, let see what you can do about this challenge. Any picture (especialy colour) of Albanain Air Force MiG-21, Il-14, An-2, Yak-18, Mi-4 or anything else will be great success for the people that are ready to take this challenge. So, the Olimpic games are open...Try to win the gold.

    Regards,
    Kolumbo

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    few snaps of the Albanian AF.....MIG 21, MIG 19 and 2 Aloutte III choppers. The Albanian AF also has about 10 more MIG 21s on order from Ukrain and is planning to upgrade the present MIG 21s with help of ISrael....
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    "one is the loneliest number.."

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    oh and this is the national mark put on the aircrafts.....
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    "one is the loneliest number.."

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    these links seem relevant :

    http://www.insigniamag.com/alban15.html
    http://www.geocities.com/albanianpilot/

    this comes from the latter, which seems rather interesting.

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    Dear friends,

    As I can see, current replies confirm my statement that you will not find good quality pictures of Albanian Air Force aircraft on the net. Kabir, thank you for your effort but I am almost sure that the photos that you have posted are not taken in Albania. I think that MiG-21 photos are from Russian museum and also you can clearly see the Franch Army identification on the tail of the helicopter that you have posted.

    However, looking for good photos of Albanian aircraft I found that reports on this air arm has been publushed in:

    Air Forces Research No.12

    Air International/December 1992 page 305

    World Air Power Journal No.5 p.140

    So, if someone here own anything of this, it will be great to scan and post some rare beautifull colour photo of Albanian Air Force aircraft.

    Keep on the fight for the gold...

    Kolumbo

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    Even rarer are pics of Albanian aircraft in flight :-)

    Sorry, poor joke. Hope the Albanians get it together and build a professional little AF.
    Regards, Ivan

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    Here is a US aircraft that fell into Albanian hands during the 1950s. This T-33A, serial 51-4413, was forced down by Albanian fighter aircraft on the 23rd December 1957. The T-33 was assigned to the 3131st Maintenance Group at Chateauroux, France and was more than likely on a delivery flight to possibly Greece when forced down. The aircraft is still on display at the Military Museum in Gjirokaster, Albania. The US pilot was returned to US authorities.


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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    Interesting info about that T-33 (another plane I just love!). So, does Albania still use the MiG-15 (J-4) and/or MiG-17 (J-5)?
    Fox-4!

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    What I found


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    an unnamed Luftwaffe officer:"Typhoon is a warm weather plane. If you want to be operational at -20°C you have to deploy the F-4F."

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    PII - china never made the mig 15 under liscene, aparently the number 4 is siad like dea th in chinese so they start at 5. ie the mig 17 was built under liscene as j5. the traiuner made out of mig 15 and 17 was is called ft-5 i think

    rabie :9

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    [updated:LAST EDITED ON 22-02-02 AT 01:55 PM (GMT)]the last one is a Dutch alouette III and the first one is a russian mig.

    Type Quantity Role Origin
    Shenyang F-7A/MiG-21 22 Interception China
    Shenyang F-6/MiG-19 32 Interception China
    Shenyang FT-6/MiG-19 1 Training China
    Shenyang F-4/MiG-17F 2 Fighter-Bomber China
    Shenyang F-5/MiG-17PF 11 Fighter-Bomber China
    Shenyang FT-5 3 Training China
    Shenyang F-2/MiG-15bis 13 Fighter-Bomber China
    Shenyang FT-2/MiG-15UTI 11 Training China
    Nanchang CJ-6 6 Training China
    Nanchang Y-5/An-2 11* Transport China
    Harbin Z-5/Mi-4 40* Transport China
    Mil Mi-8T 1 Transport ?
    AS.350B Ecureuil 3 Transport France
    Bell 222UT 1 Transport USA
    Alouette III 4 Liaison Switzerland

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    Ok,

    Every hour we are getting better and better. Now we already have great drawings of Albanian Air Force aircrfat, but still there is no picture of Albanian military aircraft.

    However, I bealive that someone there will suprise us with some greta photo of this secret air arm.

    Regards to all,

    Kolumbo

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    [updated:LAST EDITED ON 27-02-02 AT 06:03 PM (GMT)]Here are some pics of Albanian Air Force - this time really PICS! I collected them in the internet.
    Have fun with them!
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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    the aircraft in the middle picture, the transports, what type are they? ilyushin-14s?

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    Yes, the transports are Il-14 Crate. Two were deliveres by the German Democratic Republic (VEB) and one by Czechoslovakia (Avia) in the 1970s. They are said to be still operational at Tirana-Rinas airport, although this is very unsure. If they are, they are the last operational Il-14s in military service in the whole world!

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    RE: Picture challenge - Albanian Air Force

    That's me again.

    Guys, you really have great info's on Albanian Air Force aircraft/history. But we are looking for photos. Until now, i must conclude, that we don't achive our object, presenting good and inseen photos of this air arm.

    Regards,

    Kolumbo

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