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Chronological Listing of Libyan Air Force
Losses & Ejections

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
15th May 1973
Libya
Mirage IIIB     Unrecoverable flat spin. Crashed into the desert south of Tripoli, Libya    

Instructor Tahir Alam (Pakistan Air Force)
Captain ?? (Egyptian Air Force)
had multiple fractures on his legs
Martin-Baker
15th May 1973
Libya
Mirage 5D       ejected   Martin-Baker
July 1977 Libyan-Egyptian War
22nd July 1977
Libya
Mirage V     shot by a SA-7      
24th July 1977
Libya
MiG-21 Fishbed     Claimed shot down by Egyptian Interceptors      
24th July 1977
Libya
Mirage     Claimed shot down by Egyptian Interceptors      
24th July 1977
Libya
Mirage     Claimed shot down by Egyptian Interceptors      
24th July 1977
Libya
Mirage     Claimed shot down by Egyptian Interceptors      
10th April 1978
Libya
Mirage F1           Martin-Baker
Lt. Col. K Badiki Lt. Sagbir Martin-Baker
21st November 1978
Libya
MiG-25U Foxbat C     crashed into the  Mediterranean, 62 miles north-west of Tripoli     KM-1
ejected
OK
ejected
drowned
KM-1
 

Libyan

Foxbat lost

A LIBYAN-based MiG-25U Foxbat C two-seat trainer crashed into the  Mediterranean, 62 miles north-west of Tripoli, on November 21. Both pilots ejected successfully but one drowned after landing. A Sicilian fishing vessel picked up the survivor and the body, and then sailed for Tripoli. The aircraft is thought to have crashed in at least 300ft of water, so salvaging by the Soviet Union or the West would be feasible. Two-seat versions do not, however, carry operational equipment, so a Nato recovery would be of limited value. Five Soviet-crewed reconnaissance Foxbats have been based in Libya since early last year and are used for surveillance missions over the Mediterranean.

The crashed aircraft is almost certain to have belonged to the same unit, since the type has never been supplied to a Warsaw Pact or non-aligned nation.

Originally based in Egypt, the Foxbat detachment moved out when President Sadat expelled the large Soviet training mission prior to the 1973 Yom Kippur war. Syria was the next temporary home, but political pressures prompted a move to Libya. In the early 1970s the Egyptian Air Force claimed to be operating Foxbat, but this was not true. Egypt now claims that the announcement was  made for propaganda purposes at the suggestion of the Soviet Union.

FLIGHT 2nd December 1978 p2002

?? March 1981
Libya
Mil Mi-24 Hind    

Crashed and burned on the runway at Ras^Lanuf airbase, Libya

No further information on the crew    
7th April 1981
Libya
Mirage       2.Lt. Reirhan   Martin-Baker
19 August 1981
Libya
Su-22 Fitter aircraft     shot down  with Sidewinder missiles from F-14 Tomcats from the carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) over the Gulf of Sidra pilot ejected and rescued from the sea    
19 August 1981
Libya
Su-22 Fitter aircraft     pilot ejected and rescued from the sea    
?? ?? 1981
[Autumn - date needed]
Possibly 16th September

Libya
SF.260WL     Shot down over Sudan by Sudanese AAA      
15th November 1982
Libya
Mirage       ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
                 
  On 24 January 1984, an oppositional column even raided the city of Ziguey, kidnapping two French citizens in the process. The raid provoked a fierce response from the French Air Force, however, during the retaliation strikes one Jaguar of the EC 11 was shot down over northern Chad and the pilot killed.

While officially explaining that the downed Jaguar was on a "reconnaissance mission", the French government was angered by the loss, and could not ingore the new situation. In reaction three battalions of the Foreign Legion were deployed along the 16th Parallel, in order to prevent any similar Libyan incursions in the future.
27th March 1984
Libya
Mirage       Lt. Salhen    Martin-Baker
SEMMB Mk.4
26th October 1984
Libya
Mirage 5     Crashed near Tubruq [Tobruk] 1st Lt. Saleh Sharf Abdulwafi
ejected
Martin-Baker
SEMMB Mk.4
?? ?? 1985
Libya
IL-76M 5A-DKK          
18th February 1985
Libya
Mirage       Lt. S. S. K. Shabouni   Martin-Baker
28th May 1985
Libya
Mirage           Martin-Baker
Lt. Abdeffalam Lt. Nafib Martin-Baker
15th April 1986
Libya
IL-76M   5A-DZZ        
15th April 1986
Libya
IL-76M   5A-DLL        
8th September 1987
Libya
Tupolev Tu-22     Shot down during attack on Ndjamena  by French forces using Hawk missile over Ndjamena, the capital city of Chad      
8th September 1987
Libya
MiG-23 Flogger   Matan-as-Sarah Air Base Destroyed on the ground in an attack by Chadean Troops

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Libya
MiG-23 Flogger          

Libya
MiG-23 Flogger          

Libya
Mil Mi-24 Hind          

Libya
Mirage F.1          

Libya
Mirage F.1          

Libya
Mirage F.1          

Libya
Mirage F.1          
4th January 1989
Libya
MiG-23 Flogger-E     2 Libyan MiG-23 Flogger-E intercepted USN aircraft in the Med. They were hot down with an IR-seeking Sidewinder and  a radar-guided Sparrow AAM fired by F-14 Tomcats from the carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) off the island of Crete in the Mediterranean pilot ejected   KM-1

Libya
MiG-23 Flogger-E     pilot ejected   KM-1
DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

STATEMENT, JAN. 4, 1989

At about 5:00 a.m. EST (1000 GMT) today, two Libyan MiG-23 Flogger aircraft were shot down by two U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat aircraft operating over international waters in the Mediterranean Sea. The shootdown occurred north northeast of al-Bumbah military airfield on the northern coast of Libya.

The Navy aircraft were operating from the aircraft carrier U.S. S. John F. Kennedy, which was conducting routine operations in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the U.S. 6th Fleet.

The Libyan aircraft approached the U.S. Navy aircraft in a hostile manner over international waters, and the Navy aircraft, acting in self-defense, fired airto-air missiles, downing both Libyan aircraft. Two parachutes were observed.

12th December 1989
Libya
SF260WL 481          
22nd December 1992 Libyan Arab AF MiG-23UB Flogger     Crashed 15km from Tripoli Airport after mid-air collision  at 3500 feet with
Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 727-2L5 5A-DIA. All 159 on 727 were killed.
    KM-1
Pilot Ejected Co-Pilot Ejected KM-1
?? October 2007
Libyan Air Force
IL-76TD 5A-DNQ   damaged      
Wednesday 7th October 2009
11:06 a.m. local time

Libyan Air Force
LARAF
MiG-23UB ?? 8243 1023 Interceptor Squadron
Umm Aitiqah

 

 Ma’atiqa International Airport

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Taking part in the Third Libyan Aviation Exhibition (LAVEX 2009).  The aircraft was flying at a low level  when it nose dived and crashed hitting a one-storey house in the Souk-el-Jumaa [Friday Market] district in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Several injured on ground  
photo: Matthias Winkler
KM-1
Colonel  Yahya Ahmed Hassan al-Hamidi
killed
Colonel Najib Mohammed Ashour
killed
KM-1