- Mohommed Rayyan
Mohommed Rayyan Nickname Sky Falcon Born ???? Died 1986 Allegiance 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.
Rayyan, while only a Lieutenant and flying a MiG-21MF, claimed two (later confirmed) kills against Iranian F-5 Freedom Fighters in 1980. Later a Captain, he qualified on the MiG-25P in 1981 and scored 8 more victories (2 verified by western sources.) 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.
His 8 air combat victories make Rayyan the most successful MiG-25 fighter pilot ever.
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