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MiG 21 "Fishbed" Jet Fighter Plane

The Mikoyan Gurevich MiG 21 first entered service in 1959, it evolved via numerous versions in to the famous MiG 21bis - code named "Fishbed" by NATO forces. A total in excess of 11,000 of these jet fighter-bombers have been produced and were still serving in the Air Forces of over 40 nations in 2004. The picture above depicts a Vietnam Air Force MiG-21F-13, this was the first MiG 21 variant to be armed with with air-to-air missiles and was built under licence in Czechoslovakia as a Aero S-106, it is currently on display in the US at Wright-Patterson AFB.

MiG 21

Main MiG 21 variants:
  • MiG 21F-13
    The 1960 version was first MiG 21 to be armed with air-to-air missiles and was also built under licence in India, China and Czechoslovakia.
  • MiG 21PF
    The MiG 21PF lost the cannon of the earlier versions but gained Sapfir radar and the improved performance R-11F turbojet engine.
  • MiG 21PF
    This 1970 version regained a cannon, the GSh-23 twin barrelled cannon, after missile unreliability was recognised as a problem and also was fitted with a R-13-300 engine to meet the increased performance requirements of the military.
  • MiG 21bis
    Entering active service in 1972 the "Fishbed", as NATO called it, was a major re-design combining the more powerful R-25 engine with a new improved missile system and radar resulting in a true any weather caperable fighter bomber. The MiG 21bis was also made under licence in India and remained in production until 1987.
  • MiG 21bis "Fishbed" Armament:

    • Single 23 mm twin-barrelled 200 round GSh-23 cannon
    • Up to four Vympel K-13 or Molniya / Vympel R-60 infrared and radar guided air-to-air missiles
    • Maximum bomb-load of two 500 kg and two 250 kg bombs
    • Up to four air-to-ground rocket pods

    Hungarian Air Force

    Hungarian Air Force MiG-21PF

    MiG 21bis "Fishbed" Specifications:

    • Crew: Pilot only
    • Engine: Single Tumanskii R-25 turbojet of 16,000 lb thrust with afterburner
    • Maximum weight: 7960 kg
    • Length: 15.76 m
    • Wingspan: 7.15 m
    • Service ceiling: 16,100 m
    • Maximum speed: 2230 km/h (mach 2.3)

    Mikoyan Gurevich Mig 21-PF

    Mig 21-PF Jet Fighter

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