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Following a decree issued on December 11, 1951 the 28 Pulk Lotnictwa Mysliwskiego was established at the air- base of Slupsk-Redzikowo in 1952.

The unit operated the MiG-15, Lim-1, Lim-2, MiG-19P/PM & MiG-21MF be-fore converting to the MiG-23 in 1979. In 1995 the name of Slupsk was added to the regiment turning 28 PLM into 28 SPLM.

Between June of 1979 and October of 1982 the unit received 36 MiG-23MFs and six MiG-23UB twoseaters. The last flight of a Polish MiG-23MF was made on September 2, 1999.

A total of five MiG-23MFs were lost in crashes of which two were fatal. One of the crashed aircraft survives to this day as an instructional airframe at the military technical school in Olesnica.

Maintenance was carried out in Dresden, East Germany and, after 1990, with VRZ Georgi Benkovski in Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria. After 1992 maintenance was carried out by WZL-3 at Deblin airbase.

Today most Floggers remain at Slupsk and are up for sale. Fortunately a number have found there way into museums and as 'private' monuments.

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©Robin Polderman 2002 / updated 10 March 2002