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Operations in Angola

                               VICTORIES
NAME                      DESTROYED DAMAGED    AIRFORCE

Serria, Eduardo Gonzalez      1        -       FAPA-DAA
unknowf (pilot of MiG-21MF)   1        -       FAPA-DAA
unknowf (pilot of MiG-21MF)   1        -       FAPA-DAA
Rivas, Alberto Ley            -        1       FAPA-DAA

Rivas victory is the only one fully and openly detailed by Cuban sources, although the DAAFAR Chief for 1987 - 1999, General de Division Ruben Martinez Puentes, declared that there had been several victories: "Our pilots shot down not just a few South African aircraft" (Luis Baez, Secretos de Generales, Editorial Si-Mar, S.A., La Habana 196, Pg. 236). For example, Teniente Coronel Eduardo Gonzalez Sarria, pilot of a MiG-23 claims having shot down a Mirage.
Russian and Polish sources also mention several victories for the Cuban MiG-23s. Vladimir Ilyn, a well known Russian author, specialized on the Russian TsAGI (Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute - a place to where information on the worldwide use of the MiGs is sent) assigns 3 victories for the MiG-23s in Angola (2 Mirage and 1 Impala) plus 1 Mirage that made it back to base, albeit damaged, but crashed upon landing (probably Piercy's), a total of 4 victories in 1987 - 1988. Other sources mention the rumor about the possible shooting down of a helicopter (supposedly a Puma or an Alouette III) by MiG-23, using R-60 in the border region with Namibia.

Urribarres, Rubén - Litle, Mike: The Cuban MiGs


Sources & Literature
  1. Котлобовский, Александр В.: МиГ-21 в локальных конфликтах, Серия: Архив 500+, АрхивПрессm 1997.
  2. Котлобовский, Александр В.: Оправдавший предназначение, Авиация и Время, № 6, 2007.
  3. Petz, Daniel: Čtvrtstoletí bojů o moc v Angole, in Válka Revue, březen, 2010.
  4. Polák, Tomáš: Žhavé výstřely Studené války, 3. Afrika, in Plastic Kits Revue, No. 37, 1995.
  5. ACIG Team: Cuban Air-to-Air Victories, http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_165.shtml
  6. Cooper, Tom - Kyzer, Jonathan: Angola: Claims & Reality about SAAF Losses, http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/printer_184.shtml
  7. Gleize, Jean-Paul: Aces, http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/homeaces.htm.
  8. Lednicer, David: Intrusions, Overflights, Shootdowns and Defections During the Cold War and Thereafter, http://mysite.verizon.net/anneled/ColdWar.html.
  9. Magnus, Allan: Air Aces Home Page, http://users.accesscomm.ca/magnusfamily/airaces1.htm
  10. Urribarres, Rubén - Litle, Mike: The Cuban MiGs, http://www.laahs.com/art26.htm

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