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The MiG-21 was designed as a replacement for the MiG-15 following the experiences of the Korean War. Prototypes were first flown in 1955.

Mikoyan designed a small, light airframe with a triangular delta wing shape which requires less power to achieve Mach 2 but which also gives less space for fuel or sophisticated radar systems.

In the Vietnam war, the MiG-21 in skillful hands proved a formidable opponent to the heavier American aircraft (notably the F-4). The Communists, however, were hampered by a lower level of pilot skill and lost an average of 2.5 aircraft to every one of the Americans'.


[edit] Status

[edit] Bord 38

  • Assembly complete. Initial engine run performed.

[edit] Anecdotes

Flying MiG-21 is like kissing tiger — the pleasure is little and the risk great. ~ Bulgarian VVS Colonel

Be careful with the MiG-21. There are 42 checklist procedures that end in ''eject!'' ~ Don Kirlin

This is my dream aircraft. Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to fly the MiG-21. ~ Z

[edit] Specifications (MiG-21UM)

[edit] General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: student and instructor
  • Length: 15.76 m including probe (51 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.15 m (23 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 4.12 m (13 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 23 m² (247.5 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 5,350 kg (11,800 lbs)
  • Loaded weight: 8,726 kg (19,200 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 9,660 kg (21,300 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1× Tumansky R-13-300 afterburning turbojet, 70 kN (97 kN with extreme afterburner) (15,700 lbf)

[edit] Performance

  • Maximum speed: 2230 km/h (1,385 mph) (Mach 2.05)
  • Range: 450-500 km (280-310 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 19,000 m (62,300 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 225 m/s (23,600 ft/min but with 50 per cent fuel and two AA-2 "Atoll" missiles, the MiG-21 can reach 58,000 feet (19,000 meters) in one minute, under favorable weather circumstances)
  • Wing loading: 379 kg/m² (77.8 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.84

[edit] Armament

  • One centerline twin-barrelled GSh-23 23 mm cannon (PFM, MF, SMT, and bis variants) or one single-barrelled NR-30 cannon (F-13 variant).MiG 21 UM has single-barrelled 12,7 mm. machine gun.
  • Up to 2,000 kg (4,400 lb) of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons on two or four underwing hardpoints, depending on the variant. Early machines carried two Vympel K-13 (AA-2 'Atoll') air-to-air missiles under the wing pylons. Late models carried two K-13 and two fuel tanks under the wing pylons or combinations of four K-13 infrared- and radar-guided missiles. The Molniya R-60 (NATO reporting name AA-8 'Aphid') was also used on multiple pylons and six of them could be carried. Most aircraft carried a single 450 L (119 US gal) fuel tank on the centerline pylon.

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