These photos were taken by Stefano Madama the webmaster of (CMPR “Club Modellismo Plastico Ravenna”, or Ravenna Plastic Modelling Club- Milan branch), and sent to ARC by Maurizio Nava 

The Czech Su-22M-4 depicted in the photos below is “Žlutá 4209” (Yellow 4209), belonging to the “32. Základna Taktického Letectva / 321.Taktická a Przkumná Letka” (“32. ZTL / 321. TPzlt” or “32nd Tactical Air Base / 321st Tactical and Recce Squadron") Based at Namest nad Oslavou AB (Czech Republic). 

These photos were taken at the airshow held at Stans-Buochs AB (Switzerland) on 27-28 August 1994.

(Note. The technical information contained in the photo captions come from cross-checking work on various publications and from a direct talk with Czech personnel; since there is no accordance among sources, any correction will be appreciated)  

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The 16 photos directly below were taken by Stefano Madama the webmaster of (CMPR “Club Modellismo Plastico Ravenna”, or Ravenna Plastic Modelling Club- Milan branch), and sent to ARC by Maurizio Nava 

Front view. In the lower part of the intake cone, barely visible, is the window for the KLEN-54 laser rangefinder/target marker. The short probe protruding from the upper nose is the auxiliary pitot tube, while the longer one includes -front to rear- the main pitot head, the yaw and pitch vanes and a set of aerials related to the radio navigation and landing systems. Note, inside the canopy, the (pneumatically operated) stowed curtain for instrument flying training and the central, rear-viewing, periscope. Close up of the nose. Note window for the KLEN-54 laser system. The two small antennas under the nose should be related to the guidance systems of the Ch-25MP (AS-12 Kegler) anti-radiation missiles and/or Ch-25MR (AS-10 Karen) radio-controlled missiles; the longer one should be for the SO-69 transponder. Barely visible are the fairings for the taxi/landing lights: they are not symmetrical in shape and the starboard one protrudes from the fuselage a little more than the port one. Note also the AOA vane on the port side of the nose. Front landing gear, port side. The starboard side of the wheel rim is completely different in design (check your documentation!). Canopy close up. Note - from left to right- the total temperature probe, the external canopy opening lever and the Czech-style “DANGER-EJECTION SEAT” stencil.


Rear view of the canopy. Various details can be appreciated in this photo. Noteworthy is the partially opened upper auxiliary air intake door and the almost completely closed lower one: this is a common attitude with the aircraft parked and the same happens to the doors on the opposite side.

The heat resistant steel plate at the wing root is slightly different in shape than the one on the opposite side, so, again, when making a model, check your documentation! Note steel plates are present also around the cannon position and on the forward part of the inner pylon.

Port wing pylons. Note the weathered fuel tank camouflage. Front view of the port main landing gear. Note also the massive wing fences and the tiny, downward-pointing, winglets on the fuel tank nose. The two white “dots” on the wing leading edge, between the wing fences, are antennas related to the RHAW system.


Rear view of the port variable wing section, with extended flap. Note also the port, mid fuselage-mounted, ASO-2V chaff/flare dispenser. A closer look at the port wing tip, clearly showing the slat section contour. Close up of the port side of the rear fuselage area. When a Su-22 is parked with the airbrakes opened, for the lower ones is a common attitude to remain partially opened. Note also the ASO-2V chaff/flare dispenser, the various air intakes on the fuselage side, the heat exchanger air outlet and the various tiny louvers on the exchanger fairing. Close up of the upper port airbrake and ASO-2V dispenser; note covers protecting the chaff/flare cartridges holes.


Port variable wing section at minimum sweep (30°), with extended slat. Note twin red navigation light. Note also port, mid and rear, fuselage-mounted, ASO-2V chaff/flare dispensers; when making a model, take note the starboard rear dispenser complex is positioned slightly forward on the fuselage than the port one. Close up of the tail. A closer look at the tail, showing opened parabrake housing, antennas, static discharger and tail light. Starboard main landing gear.