Stars and Stripes MiG Town

Who would have ever thought that the nemesis of American pilots during the cold war, the MiG-21, would be flown and operated from the American Midwest? From the heartland, on the western outskirts of Chicago’s sprawl, Dekalb, Illinois boasts not one but two of these amazing aircraft. Paul Van den Heuvel operates a MiG-21UM and William Ward flies a MiG-21MF from the Dekalb Taylor Airport. Italian photographer Luigino Caliaro caught up with them and scored the story.