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Windward12 Jan 2013 9:25 p.m. PST

The Nile was applied post 6 day war, was it still on for the Yom Kippur War? Some of the images I find show a 2 tone sand/brown pattern for '73.

Mako1112 Jan 2013 9:46 p.m. PST

I suspect it was still on for the 1973 War, depending upon which base they were located at, in order to match the surrounding terrain.

Don't know definitively, but I'd give 3:1 odds on that bet.

Sundance13 Jan 2013 2:26 p.m. PST

I believe it was also. The Encyclopedia of 20th Century Air Warfare, Ed. by Chris Bishop shows Egyptian a/c in the Nile Pattern through the '73 war.

werwulf22 Jan 2013 8:08 p.m. PST

I was looking through an old 1980 copy of Air International that had an article on the EAF and many Mig-21's still retained the Nile Camo. Going by that I suspect the Mig-17's kept the cam until they were withdrawn from service. Saying that it was indeed used during the '73 war as is evident by many pictures, one being the famous Mig-17 on a ground attack run, which is what the Fresco was relegated to by '73, published in many books on Arab/Israeli wars. I believe it's also in the Squadron Signal book on the Mig-17.

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