Sukhoi SU-21G Flagon

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1/72 PM MODEL plastic kit to build the Sukhoi SU-21G Flagon in the colours of the Soviet Air Force.

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BrandPM Model
ReferencePM-402
SortPlastic kit
Scale1:72
MotifSupersonic interceptor
Plastic parts51
DecalsUSSR
Historical period1965 - 1996
AttentionDo not include paint or glue ( sold separately )
ContentPlastic kit | Decals | Instructions

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The Sukhoi Su-15 (NATO reporting name 'Flagon') was a twin-engined supersonic interceptor developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s to replace the Sukhoi Su-11 and Sukhoi Su-9, which were becoming obsolete as NATO introduced newer and more capable strategic bombers. The Su-15 was a major part of the Soviet interceptor force until the fall of the Soviet Union.

The aircraft is best known for having been involved in the downing of Korean Air Flight 007.

The Su-15 was also credited with shooting down five reconnaissance balloons sent to spy on Soviet territory in 1975.

A close supersonic fly-by of Yuri Gagarin's MiG-15 by an SU-15 led to Gagarin's death in 1968. Computer models show that the SU-15 passed "within meters" of the MiG.

Although it was produced in large numbers (1,290 of all types), the Su-15, like other highly sensitive Soviet aircraft, was never exported to the Warsaw Pact or any other country due to its sophisticated systems. Some Su-15 were reported to be deployed in Egypt in 1972 but were used with Soviet crews. At one point, the Su-15 was considered as a strike fighter, but proved to be too specialised as an interceptor to be used in that role.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the Su-15 was abruptly retired from the new Russian Air Force in 1993 to comply with the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. Most were hastily scrapped in favour of more advanced interceptors, including the Su-27 and MiG-31, but some are in reserve storage for emergency use. In Ukraine, the last Su-15s (at Kramatorsk and Belbek) were withdrawn from use in 1996.

Some Western reports indicate that the Su-15TM was also designated Su-21 and the Su-15UM Su-21U. These reports are apparently incorrect. Designation Su-21 was reserved for Su-17M4 but never used.

1/72 PM MODEL plastic kit to build the Sukhoi SU-21G Flagon in the colours of the Soviet Air Force.

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Sukhoi SU-21G Flagon

Sukhoi SU-21G Flagon

1/72 PM MODEL plastic kit to build the Sukhoi SU-21G Flagon in the colours of the Soviet Air Force.

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