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Rebels capture airport near Aleppo, seize Syrian MiG fighter-jets
NICOSIA — For the first time, Sunni rebels have captured Syrian Air Force fighter-jets.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels seized a military airport in the northern province of Aleppo. In a statement on Feb. 12, the London-based opposition group said the rebels also captured MiG fighter-jets stations at the airport in Jarrah.“The rebels seized dozens of fighter-jets, most of them MiG-17s, and others that included the Sukhoi and L-39,” Syrian Observatory said.

Western analysts said the statement appeared to refer to the Mi-17 utility helicopter, also used in strikes on rebel strongholds. The L-39 is a trainer and light attack aircraft supplied by the Czech Republic.
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Posted by: Gerthudion Glitle9360   2013-02-15 22:06  

#8  Agree boneyard, but the 2 in the barn still have air in the tires and the tarps are some effrot at preservation ( keeping bird poop off)
probably worth it for these guys to put a round through the engine.
Posted by: USN,Ret.   2013-02-15 20:03  

#7  Looks like a boneyard to me.
Posted by: gromky   2013-02-15 13:34  

#6  Pilots would need to be trained and checked out on each captured aircraft.
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-02-15 10:23  

#5  even if you have a pilot it isn't such a good idea to take off without checking the engine, instruments, etc.
Posted by: lord garth   2013-02-15 09:52  

#4  Dang, that looks just like an Iranian F-313 air superiority fighter...
Posted by: Steve White   2013-02-15 09:27  

#3  Capturing these aircraft will deny Pencilneck's forces control of airspace even if no one can fly them. If any pilots have defected to the rebels, they may actually have air support. There is still the problem of keeping the aircraft maintained and in a state of readiness.
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-02-15 08:22  

#2  Surely anyone can take off, assuming the thing is fueled and the battery isn't run down, SteveS. It's what happens afterward that gives guardian angels grey hair. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-02-15 07:53  

#1  Captured is not exactly the same as being able to fly them.
Posted by: SteveS   2013-02-15 00:11