Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PF Fishbed-D - 1

A picture of the MiG-21PF Fishbed-D

The MiG-21 is the most widely produced and used supersonic fighter ever with over 10,000 built since 1955.  The Fishbed was originally designed as a short-range interceptor to combat the B-52s and B-58s of the U.S. Air Force.  The later MiG-21PF version incorporated a better radar, and slightly longer range for use as an all-weather fighter.  The MiG-21, like its American counterpart the F-4 Phantom, does not have an internal gun and relies on missiles for air-to-air combat. 

Service History

This aircraft was built in the Soviet Union as the second aircraft of the second batch of MiG-21PFs built.  It was delivered to the Polish Air Force on May 7, 1964 and was assigned to the 11th Fighter Regiment.  This unit was later redesignated as the 9th Fighter Regiment.  The aircraft was later moved to the 9th Fighter Regiment at Lask, Poland.  It was retired from Polish service on March 23, 1989.

May 1991                    Sold to David Baskett of Santa Maria, California and registered as N21MF.

June 1991                    Sold to EDF Associates of Camarillo, California.

October 1998              Sold to Great Basin Aircraft Leasing Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada.

October 1998              Traded to Pima Air & Space Museum.

Wingspan

23 ft 6 in.

Length

51 ft 9 in.

Height

15 ft 9 in.

Weight

18,080 lb (loaded)

Maximum Speed

1,300 MPH

Service Ceiling

50,000 ft

Range

400 miles

Engine

One Tumansky R-11F2-300 with 13,492 pounds of thrust

Crew

1

Manufacturer
MiG

Markings
Soviet Air Force, 1967

Designation
MiG-21PF

Registration
N21MF

Serial Number
2410

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