The first Type 69 MiG-21UM's were delivered to the Romanian Airforce in 1972. They received at least 31 which saw active service at all MiG-21 bases throughout the country. A number of MiG-21UM's were lost, many with fatal results. One of these fatal crashes claimed the life of poet, writer and pilot Doru Davidovici, who's initials (DD) were given to the Lancer-programme in the early stages. The first upgraded MiG-21UM took to the air as Lancer-B on 6 May 1996. These twoseaters will serve until the end of this decennium.
Romanian MiG-21UM

Romanian AF MiG-21UM numbers

The information in Italics is not confirmed and should therefore be treated with caution.

SIDENUMBER
CONSTRUCTIONNUMBER
UNIT
DELIVERED
REMARKS
061
5169..061
BA95
Lancer-B
071
5169..071
BA95
Lancer-B
172
516999172
BA95
1979
Lancer-B
176
516999176
BA71
1979
Lancer-B
177
516999177
BA95
1979
Lancer-B
326
516999326
R.86.A.V
September 1980
correct?
327
516999327
Aerostar
September 1980
Lancer-B prototype
328
516999328
R.91.A.V
September 1980
crashed 13 April 1993
329
516999329
BA71
September 1980
Lancer-B
339
516999339
Aerostar
September 1980
6901
01695166
Aerostar
June/July 1972
6904
046951..
Craiova
1972
6905
056951..
R.67.A.V
1972
correct?
6906
066951..
BA91
1972
6907
07695167
BA95
1972
Lancer-B
6921
516903021
R.57.A.V
June/July 1973
6926
516903026
Aerostar
June/July 1973
6946
516907046
R.86.A.V
1973
crashed 20 April 1989
6951
516907051
R.93.A.V
1973
6956
516907056
Aerostar
1973
6961
516907061
Aerostar
1973
9501
516941016
BA95
July 1975
Lancer-B
9506
516953006
Gr.86
1976
correct?
9511
516953011
Gr.95
1976
Lancer-B crashed 17 August 1999
9516
516953016
BA93
1976
Lancer-B
9521
516953021
Gr.91
1976
crashed 27 July 1995
9526
516953026
BA86
1976
Lancer-B
9531
516953031
R.91.A.V
1976
crashed 30 September 1977
9536
516953036
BA86
1976
Lancer-B
9541
516953041
BA93
1976
Lancer-B
9566
R.86.A.V
1976
crashed April 1992

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