SHAH ALAM: It appears that the first RMAF Mig-29 Fulcrum to be turn into a gate guard has left Kuantan airbase. A video on Facebook by Adam Johan dated January 4 showed tail number M43-06 being taken out from the base aircraft shelters and placed on a low-loader truck.
In the comments section, Adam said that the aircraft was being sent to the nearby Joint Force Command headquarters in Sungai Panching – some 5km away from the airbase. He also said other Fulcrum airframes will be sent out to other locations as well.
It is likely one airframe will be put up at Kuantan airbase as well as the aircraft was based there during its entire service with RMAF. The airbase also has two other gate guards (if I remember correctly) – a Tebuan located just inside the main gate and an F-5E near the main air movement terminal).
Talk is rife that one Fulcrum airframe will be installed as the Dataran Pahlawan in Putrajaya where other retired military vehicles, missiles and other stuff are put-up as gate guards. A Fulcrum airframe is also likely to be an exhibit at the RMAF museum at the Sendayan airbase. Do note that the museum has not been to the public just yet.
Interestingly, not a single Nuri is placed at Dataran Pahlawan even though arguably it is one of the most successful and significant military equipment since Merdeka. The Nuri, perhaps, do not look the part of a significant military item.
Like other military equipment and aircraft, both the Nuri and Fulcrum fleets were put to pasture without any formal ceremonies.
HT to EL.