The Indian Army’s Eastern Command HQ is located at Fort William, in the heart of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). The HQ was recently presented with a MiG-21FL (Type 77) fighter, serial number C-1151.
MiG-21 C-1151 was one of the last airworthy FLs operated by the IAF. It was noted flying as part of the now famous ‘all type MiG-21’ formation during Exercise Iron Fist 2013. Its operational history is not known, but it is generally assumed to be a Post 71 war airframe.
The aircraft was formally presented by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha during his visit to the east on 15th March 2014.
Photos Courtesy of Gp Capt Tarun Kumar Singha VSM* PRO, Eastern Commmand.