April 15, 2024

MIG-23BN [SM217] was gifted to the Aligarh Muslim University in 2009. The aircraft is now on display at the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology.

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a public university, funded by the central government of India is among the oldest central universities in India. It was established by Syed Ahmad Khan as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College. The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. The main campus of AMU is located in the city of Aligarh. The engineering college of the University is known as ZHCET. The Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET) is a college which is among many colleges within the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is named after Zakir Hussain, President of India (1967–69),

MiG-23BN [SM217] after its unveiling at the ZHCET in Aligarh Muslim University in June 2009
View from the front of SM217 with the temporary fence around it in 2009.

In 2009, the IAF gifted a MIG-23BN fighter airplane to Aligarh Muslim University. SM219 flew for the last time on 6 March 2009, after nearly 30 years in service, before its dispatch to the AMU. Receiving the aircraft, Prof. Muslim Taj Ahmed, Principal, Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology told that MIG-23 is free gift from Indian Air Force and now is being a symbolic representation of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the Aligarh Muslim University campus.

A recent view of SM217 shows that the aircraft is fully fenced off to keep away curious bypassers including students. On the other hand the paint job on the aircraft is peeling off.

The aircraft was one of the last examples flying with No.221 Squadron at Halwara.

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Additional Links

  • Erection of the MiG-23 at ZHCET https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iXQ78hFA78
  • Arrival of the MiG-23 at ZHCET https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URBmFgu-HS8

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