Organizationally, the squadron was incorporated into the 108 of the infantry brigade of the Egyptian Air Force.
The 35 is a separate air squadron based at the airfield of Janaklis (Jiyanklis), 40 km south of Alexandria (30 ° 49'32.88 "N 30 ° 11'23.18" E). It also had a runway Katamia (Katamia) on the coast of the Gulf of Suez, which was used as a “jump airfield” for air ambushes, and was a section of the highway extended to 21 meters.
The squadron had the task of covering the Navy on the Mediterranean coast and industrial facilities in the northern part of Egypt from Port Said to Mersa Matruh and south to Cairo.
The 35 th squadron had 30 fighters MiG-21МФ and MiG-21РФ, the personnel consisted of a pilot 42. All airplanes carried the identification marks of the Egyptian Air Force, and the pilots, whose stay in the United Arab Republic (AER) was kept in secret, were re-equipped in Egyptian uniforms. Outside the service, they wore civilian clothes and, if necessary, presented themselves as "civilian specialists."
A modification of the MiG-21МФ fighter, developed for export, carried the X-NUMX air-to-air missile R-4C, the built-in 3-mm gun GSH-23L, additional fuel tanks: 23 wing with 2 l or 480 fuselage 1L, XUHMXL-480, with ventral 800, with ventral XNUMXL-XNUMX. Before the battle, the tanks were dropped.
MiG-21РФ was the reconnaissance version of the MiG-21МФ. By the way, Egypt was the only foreign country that received this unique aircraft from the USSR.
The squadron commander of the first composition was Colonel Yuri Vasilievich Nastenko (later Lieutenant-General of the Air Force). He held this position until December 1970.
Then, his duties were performed by Colonel Miroshnichenko Anatoly Ivanovich, who was in office until April 1971, when the first composition of the pilots and technical personnel left home, and the “changers” arrived from the USSR. Photos of Colonel Miroshnichenko, unfortunately, could not be found.
The second squadron squadron (April 1971 - May 1972) was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Anatoly Laskarzhevsky.
He owns an expression that has become the unofficial motto of the squadron: "We are the invisible squadron." Whether he had in mind the secret nature of the Soviet military in Egypt, or the skill of the 35 pilots when carrying out reconnaissance flights - one can only guess.
Pilot captain Novoseltsev Viktor Sergeevich and his “combat horse” MiG-21МФ (airborne number 8341). (from the personal archive of MV Novoseltsev):
Comrades captains Konyushin V.I. and Novoseltsev V.S. in MiG-21МФ (side number 8341) in the long-term shelter (from the personal archive of MV Novoseltsev):
Pilot Novoseltsev VS with technicians and the Egyptian watch soldier (from the personal archive of MV Novoseltsev):
Pilots 35-f ORAE in the image of "Rousseau tourist" in Alexandria (from the personal archive of MV Novoseltseva):
Squadron officers on vacation at the Red Sea (from the personal archive of MV Novoseltsev):
A group of aircraft technicians. Air base "Janakliz". Egypt, 1971-1972 (from the personal archive of B. Kirillov):
Aircraft Control Group 35-th ORAE. Air base "Janakliz". Egypt, 1971-1972 (from the personal archive of VV Danilov)
The personnel of the 35 Squadron on the excursion of Giza. Egypt, 1971-1972 (from the personal archive of VV Danilov):
On the channel near the airbase, good catfish were caught. Air base "Janakliz". Egypt, 1971-19720 (from the personal archive of VV Danilov):
In the garden to them. President Nasser. Aiabaza "Dzhankaliz". Egypt, 1971-1972 (from the personal archive of VV Danilov):
The pilots of the 35 th ORAE performed hundreds of combat and training missions in Egypt. Not once had to meet with the air enemy - the Israeli Air Force aircraft.
On the squadron's account - the most successful air battle of the Soviet pilots during the stay of the air group in Egypt in 1970-72.
It was a classic case of a successful air ambush, a tactical device often used by the parties fighting in the skies over Suez.
25 June 1970, a pair of MiG-21 piloted by captains Nikolai Krapivin and Nikolai Salnik, using low altitude, secretly approached the Skyhawk A-4E attack aircraft, which marched on Ismailia (according to Israeli data, was already returning from the mission), and hit one of them is a rocket R-3С.
Initially, two Nikolai was credited with a complete aerial victory, but later it turned out that the downed attack aircraft still managed to reach Refidim airfield and get on the “forced” one.
Another question is whether it was restored after that?
However, 2 August 1970, after the notorious air battle between the Soviet and Israeli 30.07.1970 pilots, the commander of the USSR Air Force, Marshal P.Kutakhov, banned flights to the Suez zone, and meetings with Israelis in the sky practically ceased.
During the "Egyptian business trip" killed four pilots 35 th ORAE, two in the first and second compositions.
The first squadron:
Deputy Squadron Commander Captain Vasilenko Alexander Ivanovich.
In Egypt, as part of the 35, a separate reconnaissance squadron was served by Major Vasilenko Alexander Ivanovich 1937, born in the Rostov region, Tavriya farm. He graduated from the Yeysk Flight School in 1957, then graduated from the Air Force Academy in Moscow (all schools, including the school, A. Vasilenko graduated with honors), after which he served in the Caucasus in the garrison of Mihai Tshakaya as commander squadron, from where he went to Egypt as part of 35 ORAE and died 12 February 1971 g. Posthumously awarded the Order of the Red Star. Buried in the Rostov region. Tavriya farm
Senior pilot captain Dmitrash Boris Afanasyevich died while performing combat training departure 16 July 1970.
He was born 26.05.1941 in the village of Chernothichi, Sosnytsky district, Chernihiv region, Ukrainian SSR. Graduated from Chernihiv Military Academy in 1964. Upon graduation, he was sent to serve in Vaziani (Transcaucasian Military District).
He was buried in his homeland - in the village of Chernotichi.
The second part of the squadron.
Captain Nikolay Filippenko died in September 1971.
The circumstances of his death could not be found out, however, they, most likely, are not related to the crash.
He graduated from the Kaczynski Military School in 1967.
Captain Konstantin Logvinenko died during a training flight while working out an air battle. It was not possible to find out the exact date of his death, as well as to find his photo.
According to the unconfirmed version, he was the son of the Soviet ace of the Great Patriotic War, Hero of the Soviet Union N.P.Logvinenko.
The personnel of the 35-th ORAE returned to their homeland in May-June 1972, and its planes were transferred to the Arab Air Force and continued to serve in the skies of the Middle East for many more years.