Eye-Catching AFB: T4 (Syria) - UPDATED

'Apple Maps' did it again and is the first among others alike to reveal new aerial imagery of the Syrian secretive T4 AFB which is for sure taken recently (let's say 2 years old maximum).
Above is a KEYMAP shows the crops I did below:
View 1: The north eastern HAS's those used to shelter the mighty MiG-25's before the mass phasing-out of this interceptor.
Nothing changed in this sector comparing to the last AERIAL IMAGERY Apple Maps revealed on Sep. 2012 except one MiG-25 towed into an exposed aircraft pin at the furthest north of these HAS's.

View 2: Nothing changed here as well, ten phased-out/stored MiG-25's and the Su-22M stayed in its place over the engine test pad.

View 3: Here we can see four MiG-25's newly towed out and set randomly on sand, raising the number of the officially seen phased-out / in storage Syrian Foxbats to 32 units.

View 4: Among these seven MiG-25's seen here, one is newly shifted to an exposed aircraft pin. 

View 5: Note the enormous volume of armament green wooden crates at the Su-24M2 eastern tarmac!!


Photos from SyAAF TABQA AFB (Part V)

The updated and most comprehensive post about Tabqa AFB is ready now to be shared with our audiences!
Before you start scrolling down, it would be highly recommended to download the KEYMAP of this airbase in order to understand the location of the seen airframes in the footages of videos and photos appeared so far.
I would specially thank our friend Peter Weinert for his to-bone contribution to realize the final KEYMAP which enabled us relatively locate each seen aircraft as precise as possible, in addition to providing me some valuable photos for serials never seen before! Thanks again Pit, thanks Tom Cooper as well!
Accordingly, we could survey the following airframes:

- 2217

- 460
- 471
- 1543
- 1568
- 1569
- 3 unknown serial

- 1810

- 545
- 560
- 571
- 2357
- 2360
- 2 unknown serial

MiG-21 (Unknown Variant)
- 1915
- 8 unknown serial

That in addition to one MiG-15UTI and few scrapped MiG-21's in the bone yard to the east part of the airfield.
A new photo for the 2360 MiG-21UM.
Good shot for the 2357 MiG-21UM.

The same 2357 MiG-21UM here as well.

This shot is taken over the furthest western double HAS in this airbase showing the 571 serialed MiG-21UM.

Closer shot at this trainer.

The camera man is standing over the same HAS but looking this time north east to reveal the only photo for the 545 MiG-21UM.

At the bottom of this double HAS, a scrapped rear fuselage of a MiG-21 carrying the serial which hardly may read 1915.

We counted 6 MiG-21M/MF's been towed out after 2012 -three left with unknown serials- as they cannot be located over any electronic map so far...

A great shot shows the profile of the 1568 MiG-21MF.

The famous 460 MiG-21MF...

The only MiG-21bis left in this AFB with serial 2217.

MiG-21 can be seen through the HAS #6 at the eastern side of the base.
R-3 Air-to-Air missiles left inside a HAS as well.


SyAAF MiG-23MLD in Service (Part II)

Again thanks to our Syrian singer Mr. Kaz'our and special thanks to our 'Anonymous' friend for providing this photo shows wider view of the SyAAF MiG-23 which still confirms itself as an MLD variant.

The 'Vortex Generator' is truly not that easy to distinguish here in this shot as it goes perpendicular on the beam of the camera target point, anyway, I line it here above in red to understand its edges.
The serial looks to me x400, but I would respect erased24 (from ACIG) point of view it may read 4000.
I studied the location as well and came to a conclusion that this MLD is no doubt deployed at Sh'eirat AFB at the eastern tarmac as stipulated below.

The visible landmarks in the newly revealed photo showing the suspected location of the MiG-23MLD (Green dot) in addition to the location and direction of the camera just beside.

Another rear view for the same MLD with our hero whom I wish he could make more shots inside SyAAF airbases ;)


SyAAF MiG-21bis Shot Down (2014-06-30)

I will not say that I did not take it seriously -just awaited a solid evidence- when I first read it reported on an observer group FB page that a Syrian Air Force aircraft code numbered 655 operates from Hama AFB was shot down on 30th June 2014 !!

Just a month ago, it was confirmed at a pro-Syrian regime FB page the kill of a SyAAF pilot Brig.General Bassam Ali Muhammad during his attack sortie against ground targets in the county of Hama governorate while he was flying his MiG-21, but both sides did not confirm whether it was brought down by an AA gun or a MANPAD. The aircraft crashed 10km to the east of Hama AFB as reported by insurgents/rebels observers. 


SyAAF MiG-23MLD in Service (Part I)

While the conflict is going on in Syria, a Syrian singer's -Rami Kaz'our رامي كزعور- Facebook page has revealed his photo in front of a MiG-23 in unidentified airbase. This is not any MiG-23, it's the most advanced and latest to join the SyAAF, the MLD!!! The serial is hardly reads x400 and could be 1400.
Before the conflict, the MLD's were partially distributed in not a single AFB, as some were deployed at Sh'eirat, Khelkhleh, Dmeyr and Seen.

Crop by LuftwaffeAS

 I left the Chaff/Flares dispenser colored here above, to enable our audiences understand the 'landmark' which enabled me identify this Flogger.

Source: Internet

This is the closest shot I could find over web for an MLD taken at similar angle but little further back, in which we can see the location of the Chaff/Flares dispensers comparing to the AA missile pylon mounted below. 
Source: ACIG.org

The newly revealed photo confirms that the ex-Belarusian Floggers were not left in their original camo or even repainted as the MiG-23ML's those were overhauled in Russia sometime between 2008 and 2010 -3 Colors Camo-, instead, they received the 'Typical' Syrian colors as shown in the above crop, as applied on any MiG-21, MiG-23 and even Su-22M those entered the overhaul facility at Neyrab airbase which is known as the 'Factory'.


Photos of SyAAF MiG-21s - Updated IV

More and more for-the-first-time-to-be-seen photos of Syrian MiG-21 are collected and posted hereunder...Enjoy!

SyAAF MiG-21 (unknown variant) at the gate guard of Kweres AFB
SyAAF MiG-21FL at the main road entrance to Kweres AFB
The same MiG-21FL at the main road entrance to Kweres AFB

SyAAF MiG-21MF with serial 1523 in Dhab'a AFB as photographed by rebels
What remains from the SyAAF MiG-21MF with serial 1554 in Dhab'a AFB
as photographed after the retake of the airbase by Syrian Army

SyAAF MiG-21MF with serial 1598 (in the front) at the back another two MiG-21MF's
one of them carries the serial 1571 in Deir EzZour AFB

Side photo for the SyAAF 1571 MiG-21MF and the tail of the 1598 MiG-21MF
at Deir EzZour AFB
Stunning shot for the only left example of a SyAAF MiG-21PFM (a special variant
known as SPS) in display at a roundabout in Aleppo city
The same PFM can be seen here at the background


SyAAF MiG-23MF Shot Down (2014-08-18)

Major Aref Bsesini with a MiG-23MF serialed 2676

True! on 18th August 2014 a Syrian MiG-23 was either crashed (according to regime reports) or shot down (as per reports of rebels). The aircraft which was code-numbered 617 and based in Hama AFB, was actually an MF variant and piloted by Major Aref Amin Bsesini (born in 1984)  "عارف أمين بسيسيني" who was KIA due to a failure in ejection. The MiG-23MF crashed as reported not far at the north of Hama airbase.
Typically, and as seen in most of videos for this variant while carrying out raids in the area of Idleb and Hama, it was either releasing FAB bombs, or launching unguided rockets on ground targets.

Major Aref in the cockpit of his MiG-23MF - Hama AFB

Major Aref in the cockpit of his MiG-23MF - Hama AFB

Major Aref with his MiG-23MF fitted with UB-32 unguided rocket pods - Hama AFB


More Coalition Aircraft Spotted Over Syria

In addition to the B-1B and the F-16 spotted carrying out air raids against ISIS targets over Syria, an F-18 was first to be spotted maneuvering over Albukamal border city on 3rd Oct. 2014 as can be seen in the video below:

After, Raqqa, Aleppo and Idleb, the Predator was seen in the county of Hama on 4th Oct. 2014:

And B-1B clearly videoed maneuvering and hitting targets over Ain Arab (Kobane) yesterday 7th Oct. 2014: 


Spotted Aircraft/Aerial Vehicles over Syria: September 2014

Below is the list of spotted 'Aircraft and Aerial Vehicles' over Syria during the month September 2014 which and for the first time witnessed the appearance of non-Syrian aircraft conducting air raids over Syria and specifically units of the U.S. led coalition fighting ISIS, such like the B-1 bomber and the F-16 in addition to the UCAV Predator which was first seen over Al-Raqqa then over Aleppo and recently over Idleb.

Homs Talbeeseh 04-09-2014 Su-22M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BT-ngmpMlY
Idleb Kafar Takharim 05-09-2014 Su-24M2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Qg_OfTNO0
Idleb Hantooteen 06-09-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHY3wHFUXLY
Raqqa Raqqa 06-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuOy8AVibmg
Raqqa Raqqa 06-09-2014 UAV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOZlfYOiah4
Qunaitira Majdouliyeh 06-09-2014 Unknown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHJWTfWNDvQ
Hama Hama 06-09-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68DnWmBFTi0
Hama Helfaya 07-09-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvME5DcaNdQ
Idleb County 07-09-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsT3j_mRqFU
Idleb Deir Sunbol 07-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xoaq_OVBrxE
Damascus Yalda 07-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQqu1uMCBQ8
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 07-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFhYgdbP200
Damascus Ein Tarma 07-09-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV7qlwc5T_U
Damascus Joubar 09-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixp7Mdn8vMA
Damascus Yalda 10-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYPw2Wm1Mtc
Damascus Yalda 10-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKgSzAdORwI
Damascus Hezzeh 10-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwo2BD2pPvY
Idleb Saraqeb 10-09-2014 Unknown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-i3URlizME
Aleppo Kafar Naha 11-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JW12gWS3Bs
Dar'a Tafs 11-09-2014 Unknown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6cnzQN4FDo
Idleb Ma'arret Hermeh 11-09-2014 Su-22M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga0fW-7ALC8
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 13-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dh10PwHEXg
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 13-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuumfY9PGoA
Damascus Ein Tarma 13-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR7CKxAGi_k
Damascus Saqba 14-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doiNS9E4AXU
Damascus Southern County 14-09-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MAy9ytS4QQ
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 15-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE99DI9b4z4
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 16-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9EzopCUb7U
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 16-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEf5UO28Ybk
Damascus Douma 16-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMaGRFMw7DA
Damascus Douma 16-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAhD08l8dco
Raqqa Raqqa 16-09-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHWMDrJkcpQ
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 16-09-2014 Su-22M-4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCq2m9fhC_s
Homs Talbeeseh 16-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuCrTBMGfNk
Homs Talbeeseh 16-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlohlq8yGHY
Homs Houle 16-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNtmIv163YY
Homs Houle 16-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vHGCS692K0
Homs Houle 16-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8hOMCcoT9w
Homs County 16-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JS0TYI8xVM
Homs County 16-09-2014 Unknown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHFn_ojeA-A
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 18-09-2014 MiG-23BN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeAuqk41V-s
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 18-09-2014 Su-24M2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBVBefyPJ3c
Damascus Douma 18-09-2014 Su-24M2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1-ddbXQeBQ
Damascus Maranah 18-09-2014 Su-24M2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuO8VayuLFg
Damascus Ein Tarma 19-09-2014 MiG-23BN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vshbHvqMvEs
Damascus Douma 19-09-2014 MiG-23BN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsY5VD2TpYY
Hama Zakah 19-09-2014 Su-24M2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vny3JN2ENrY
Idleb Al-Rami 21-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoDiR1vTqFk
Damascus Adra 23-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsYsGsQsOS0
Deir EzZour Albukamal 24-09-2014 F-16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkxIf0aX0YQ
Idleb Kafar Takharim 25-09-2014 UAV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2nA71oVAa0
Idleb Taftanaz 26-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbt4Ze67hrQ
Deir EzZour Deir EzZour 26-09-2014 B-1b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq4JuHBje7Q
Deir EzZour Mayadeen 26-09-2014 B-1b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gqx9h6p--A
Deir EzZour Mayadeen 26-09-2014 B-1b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX4MrgNNSC0
Aleppo County 27-09-2014 UAV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk9AgTrLf40
Idleb Taftanaz 27-09-2014 UAV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0182wPLEzc
Raqqa Raqqa 29-09-2014 UAV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIUV0AigGG4
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 29-09-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slZMMoeF660
Damascus Joubar 29-09-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUZrk-WA-Ow
Damascus Ein Tarma 29-09-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIuSqQyDaqM
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 29-09-2014 Su-24M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGg6ulIvcrM
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 30-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNcj1cCi_Gc
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 30-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_NoGzoNUic
Damascus Douma 30-09-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yebUpwoJ_34
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 30-09-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu2nKBu6PP8
Idleb Saraqeb 30-09-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdJ1WE-qdEE