12/31/2009. The Finnish AF operated several versions of the MiG-21, the single-seat MiG-21F-13 had been delivered in 1963, followed by the MiG-21U-400 two-seat trainer in 1965. The MiG-21F-13 was replaced by the MiG-21bis in 1978, while three years later the MiG-21UM was bought to replace the MiG-21U-400. With the arrival of the F/A-18C Hornet as a replacement, the remaining MiGs were officially withdrawn from use on March 6, 1998.
The following day by a farewell party was held at Kuopio-Rissala air base, also attended by a number of other aircraft, including Mongol, Redigo, Learjet, and Chieftain. MG-138 is preserved at the Central Finland Aviation Museum/Air Force Museum at Tikkakoski.