In the mid of the 1980`s
the East German Air Force made first steps towards the procurement of the
MiG-29 (NATO-Code "Fulcrum") fighter aircraft. The NVA (Nationale
Volksarmee) used their 24 few MiG-29 in defense counter air role, althouge
she was intended for a second air-to-ground role as well.
The FW3 "Vladimir Kamov"
at Preschen airbase was the first wing in East Germany that equipped the 1st
squadron with the new fighter. The first aircraft "615" were delivered in
May 1988, the last one "778" in January 1989.
At the German
reunification on October 3, 1990, the NVA seized to exist. All MiG-29 aircrafts given GAF-codes an were integrated into LUFTWAFFE. The MiG-29 was the only former Sovjet aircraft that remained in service
with the GAF on a regular basis. All other aircraft types were test flown
for a certain period and than phased out of service. Four MiG`s were
handed over to the WTD61 in Manching. One Fulcrum went to the US-Air Force
for evaluation and remained for 1½ years. The FW3
"Vladimir Kamov" at Preschen airbase was renamed as "Erprobungsgeschwader
MiG-29". On June 1st,
1993, it was redesignated in FW 73 and moved to Rostock-Laage AFB in October 1994.
Its the End of the "Red
Diva". The Polish Air Force has bought 22 German Fulcrums for 1
symbolic Euro. August 2004, the German Airforce handeled over its last
Fulcrums to Poland.