Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Warplanes

David Cenciotti on the brutal, ongoing air war over Syria

Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Warplanes Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Warplanes

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Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Warplanes David Cenciotti on the brutal, ongoing air war over Syria While U.S. and Russian warships and planes are... Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Warplanes

Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Regime Warplanes

David Cenciotti on the brutal, ongoing air war over Syria

While U.S. and Russian warships and planes are amassing in the Mediterranean Sea, the Syrian regime is still attacking Free Syrian Army positions across the country.

But the rebels are shooting back, sometimes with good results.

Bjørn Holst Jespersen, a Danish architect and part-time aviation journalist, created a map showing 19 possible shoot-downs of Syrian government warplanes by rebels in 2011 and 2012. And more recently the image above shows a Syrian Arab Air Force MiG-21 apparently hit by anti-aircraft fire.

The aircraft reportedly crashed. The fate of the pilot is unknown.

The MiG-21 is a Soviet-designed fighter; the prototype first flew in 1955. Syria’s patron Russia produced over 10,000 of the delta-wing jets.

Days ago The Aviationist noticed Syrian MiGs were operating over Syria without releasing flares to deceive infrared anti-aircraft missiles: a possible sign that shoulder-fire anti-air missiles were not active in the area where the video was taken.

Airports used by Assad’s air force to launch air strikes on rebels could be among the first targets of an eventual U.S. attack on Syria.