An unidentified MiG-21 belonging to No.45 Squadron
The second airframe at Tambaram is an unidentified MiG-21FL. This aircraft’s first photo was published in Sainik Samachar and at that time it was believed to be a flyer. However subsequent photos sent by Harry indicate that it is either an instructional airframe or a gate guardian. The aircraft does not have an ejection seat in the cockpit, nor a serial painted. The ‘Winged Daggers’ emblem is painted on the fin of the MiG.
The Camouflage looks brand new and the aircraft sports an intake cover as well as protective covers for the pitot tube and other surfaces. This level of overall maintenance indicates that the MiG could be an instructional airframe.