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The first ex-Russian SU-25 Frogfoots arrive in Iraq to bolster the Iraqi Air Force.

Iraq previously operated around 60 Frogfoots, but the last one was destroyed after the 2003 invasion. It is not known if any qualified pilots or mechanics are immediately available. Russian, Belarussian, or even Iranian pilots may fly the planes in the short term from the airbase in Tallil.

Iraq is rumored to be negotiating further aircraft purchases from Russia and ex-Warsaw Act states: MiG-29s, Su-24s, Su-30s, and Mi-24 helicopters.

via The Aviationist and Oryx Blog

Desert Pink or “Mountbatten Pink”

Reducing reflected light and making aircraft less visible from a distance, a number of RAF aircraft were painted Desert Pink (or similar tones) during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The paint used was washable, so it could be easily removed.

The aircraft in the photos are:

  1. Blackburn Buccaneer
  2. Lockheed C-130 Hercules
  3. SEPECAT Jaguar
  4. Handley Page Victor
  5. Lockheed TriStar
  6. Panavia Tornado
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