Mohommed Rayyan

Mohommed Rayyan
Mohommed Rayyan
Nickname Sky Falcon
Born ????
Died 1986
Allegiance Iraq Iraq
Service/branch Iraqi Air Force
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Iran-Iraq War

Colonel Mohommed Rayyan, nicknamed "Sky Falcon," was a fighter pilot with the Iraqi Air Force during the Iran-Iraq War. He claimed 10 air combat kills, making him an ace and the most successful Iraqi fighter pilot of that war.[1]

Rayyan, while only a Lieutenant and flying a MiG-21MF, claimed two (later confirmed) kills against Iranian F-5 Freedom Fighters in 1980.[1] Later a Captain, he qualified on the MiG-25P in 1981 and scored 8 more victories (2 verified by western sources.)[1] Having flown the MiG-25 was evidence of his considerable skill, as Soviet "advisers" were stationed in Iraq specifically to limit access to this advanced jet, and only the best pilots flew them.[2]

In 1986, having attained the rank of Colonel, Rayyan was shot down and killed by IRIAF Grumman F-14 Tomcats.[1]

His 8 air combat victories make Rayyan the most successful MiG-25 fighter pilot ever.


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