The highlight of the visit to the Polish Air Force was the visit to Swidwin AB – home of the Sukhoi Su 22 Fitter-K aircraft. This aircraft used to be the primary fast attack aircraft of most Warsaw Pact air arms. With the retirement of the final Bulgarian Su-22 Fitters in 2004, Poland became the last European operator of this distinctive looking aircraft.
In 1984 the Polish AF bought 90 Su 22M-4s and 20 Su 22UM-3Ks as a replacement for Lim-6, Lim-6bis and Su-20 which were used by fighter-bomber units. Aircraft were delivered to Poland and equipped three regiments: 6 PLMB in Pila, 8 PLMB in Miroslawiec, 40 PLMB in Swidwin as well as 7 PLMBR (fighter-bomber and reconnaissance unit). After the closure of Miroslawiec few years ago, all surviving 48 aircraft are now concentrated on a single air base. During the visit there in May 2012, no less than 10 different aircraft flew up to 4 missions per day.