One of the eleven Libyan L-39 captured in Wadi Doum in 1986. Has been later sold by Chad Government to UK private and became G-OTAF; Has been destroyed following a forced landing after an engine failure in August 2003 near Duxford UK;
Tragically this Mig-23 crashed during its airshow performance just two days later, made all the more poignant after my colleagues and I received great hospitality at 1023 Sqdn during a couple of visits
Most of Libya's dozen or so Mi-14s operate in a grey scheme on ASW duties from the far end of the Mitiga base but a couple have been modified as fire-fighters in Ukraine and sport this colourful livery with 1314 Sqdn.
By far the most numerous combat aircraft in Libyan service was the Mig-23 with over 100 delivered, but of those only a relatively small number are still flown, including this smartly-attired two-seater variant with 1023 Sqdn
One of the two Libyan Mils adapted for fire suppression work by Sevastopol Aircraft Plant a couple of years ago. Has a 4000l tank and can pick up from very shallow depths - gave a water dumping demonstration after picking up in the sea just outside the base during show next day. Manufactured in 1982 but had only accumulated about 250 hours by the mid-90s
Libya was a major customer of the SF.260 with an order for 240 of this trainer/tactical support version, some to be assembled in a new plant near Tripoli from the late 1970s. It is not known how many were actually delivered, but at least 12 were recently serviceable after refurbishment, while many of the others have found their way to countries like Burkino Faso, Burundi, Chad, Uganda and Nicaragua. This is one of four just landed after a performance by the Al Fatah Air Show Team. Jamahiriya Air Transport Il-76 5A-DNK is parked behind.