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Colonel Mohommed Rayyan (died 1986), nicknamed "Sky Falcon," was a fighter pilot with the Iraqi Air Force during the Iran-Iraq War. He scored 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 (4 verified by western sources.) Most of his victories was F-4 Phantoms. 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.
- Arab MiG-19 and MiG-21 Units in Combat, by David Nicolle and Tom Cooper, (2004) Osprey Publishing, p.82
- Exhumating the Dead Iraqi Air Force: Short History of MiG-25 in service with the Iraqi Air Force, since 1980, by Tom Cooper, Air Combat Information Group, Sept. 25, 2003
- Iraqi Air-to-Air Victories since 1967