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MiG-21MF (Fishbed-J)

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 was the Soviet Unions most successfull second generation+ fighter. The prototype Ye-2 translated from Russian as "one of-2" first flew on 14 February 1956 although the prototype carried its designation from the beggining of the programme in 1954 when a swept wing planform aircraft resembling the MiG-21 and MiG-19 was taking shape. The MiG-21 far outclassed earlier soviet designs such as the MiG-19 which suffered from many drawbacks including a nasty habit of exploding the reserve saddle tanks underneath the engine bays when running the afterburner for long periods, low hydraulic pressure and poor flight endurance. Its production run ended in 1959 just as the MiG-21 was coming into service and the tooling was sold to china. Understandably it was generally disliked by crews and the politburo was eager to see it replaced ushering the Fishbed which carries its service life to the present day more than sixty years later. It has flown for the air arms of more than sixty nations and rivaled even the most advanced third generation fighters produced. The MiG-21 proved potent against all its contemporaries in particular the F-4 Phantom II and F-8 Crusaders in Vietnam due to its significantly lighter airframe. MiG-21 also fought against Israeli Dassult Mirage III and later F-4Ds. In one case on 9 June 1982 a Syrian Air Force nearly shot down one of the venerable F-15D of the Israeli Air Force when it fired an R-60 Aphid missile that exploded nearby forcing that Eagle to make an emergency return to base. MiG-21 hold the title of being the most produced jet fighter to date and have seen multiple foreign production lines set up including licensed production by Hindustan Aircraft running until 1988 and an unlicensed serial production line at Chengdu Aircraft of China designated as the J-7 Fishcan operating into 2013.

Controls/Operations
VTOL: Flaps
Set trim slider to 25% prior to takeoff for level flight
AG1: Toggle afterburner
AG2: Landing parachute



Wikipedia Page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-21

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 2 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 26.0ft (7.9m)
  • Length 52.5ft (16.0m)
  • Height 14.3ft (4.4m)
  • Empty Weight 9,052lbs (4,106kg)
  • Loaded Weight 13,878lbs (6,295kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 2.671
  • Wing Loading 42.5lbs/ft2 (207.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 326.6ft2 (30.3m2)
  • Drag Points 5579

Parts

  • Number of Parts 104
  • Control Surfaces 2