|Plane Modeling :|
|MODELING THE EGYPTIAN AIR FORCE
|The Egyptian Air Force history dates back to the
begining of the 20th century when it was first founded.. The real history of this air force, however, came to the spotlight in the mid-fifties when Egypt received its first shipments of the Russian Mig-15, Mig-17 fighters from the Eastren block particulary the Czech Republic. The Mig-15s played an important role during the Suez Crisis when President Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal in 1956. Although Egypt came victorious politically out of that war, yet, it suffered heavy losses and many Migs were destroyed by the invading forces.
| Egypt later accquired several Russian made Migs. In the late fifties and early sixties, the Mig-19s. Several years later Egypt obtained the famous Mig-21 fighters
which were key players in the wars to come between Egypt and Israel. Alongside the Mig series, Egypt also bought several bombers from the USSR mainly the
Ilyushin-28 (IL-28 Beagel), the Tubolev (TU-16 Badger), the bomer-fighters Sukhoi-7 (SU-7), Sukhoi-20 (SU-20), the well known Mil-Mi-8 helicopters and the cargo/service, Antonov-12 (AN-12).
The EAF faced a disastrous defeat during the 1967 six day war when Israel launched its surprise attack on the Egyptian air bases in Sinai in the early hours of Monday morning, the 5th of June 1967. Over 220 airplanes were destroyed on the ground .
|The 1967 war has lead to an overall evaluation and lessons learning by the EAF. New techniques in training, operating and camouflaging were introduced. Also new fighters and bombers were deliverd by the Soviet Union to replace the ones destroyed. All this was translated into a number of successfull operations against the Israeli occupation during the 1968-1971 War of Attrition. But the brightest moments in the history of the EAF was on the 6th of October, 1973 (also known as Yom kippur War). On that day, more than 200 fighters and bombers stormed the sky over the eastern bank of the Suez Canal in a coordinated attack and took out strong Israeli ground targets, airports and air defenses paving the way for a nearly one million troopers to cross the Suez Canal and claim back a big sector of Sinai along the eastern border of the Canal.
It was a memorable day fot the Egyptian army and in particular the EAF which, for the first time , to take the intiative of launching an attack and not to be destroyed without leaving the ground.
On the years to follow, Egypt also accquired the more advanced, and relatively new, the Mig-23 . Only six aircrafts were bought as a first step to upgrade the force and to replace the old batches of the heavily used Mig-21s. However due the stresses in the relations between Egypt and the USSR following Egypt's inclination to westernize its sources of military supply, the deal was called off and all the Mig-23s were retired after only few years in service.
|Gloster Gladiator Mk.II|
|Hawker Hurricane Mk.II|
|DH Vampire FB-5|
|Gloster Meteor Mk-4|
|Gloster Meteor Mk-11|
|Halifax A.Mk 9|
|DH Tiger Moth|
|Israeli Mirage IIIc|