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Mikoyan-Guryevich MiG-21F Fishbed-C

History of the MiG-21F Fishbed-C

Built to counteract the threat of United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 bombers, the MiG-21 was capable of flight over Mach 2 and had a service ceiling of at least 60,000 feet. First produced in 1959, the MiG-21F began arriving to Warsaw Pact countries in 1962. MiG-21F aircraft were equipped with a Tumansky R-11F engine, which gave the aircraft 13,120 pounds of thrust—a ten percent increase from previous variants. They were also equipped with a 129-gallon drop tank, a multi-channel radio, identification, friend or foe (IFF) capability and radar warning receiver and many other additions. These aircraft were used by thirty countries and they have fought in almost every major conflict in the modern world.

Mikoyan-Guryevich MiG-21F Fishbed-C

Serial Number: 585

Manufacturer: Mikoyan and Guryevich Design Bureau

Crew: One

Engines: One Tumansky R-11F-300 turbojet; 12,675 pounds thrust

Wingspan: 23 feet 6 inches

Length: 43 feet 2 inches

Height: 13 feet 2 inches

Weight: 10,079 pounds (empty); 19,080 pounds (maximum)

Speed: 550 mph (cruising); 1,385 mph, Mach 2.05 (maximum)

Range: 1,038 miles

Service Ceiling: 61,000 feet

Armament: One NE-30 30mm cannon and two K-13A air-to-air missiles

Cost: $2,900,000

The MiG-21F Fishbed-C at Hill Air Force Base

The MiG-21F on display was manufactured in the 1950s by the Mikoyan and Guryevich Design Bureau and was acquired by Hill Aerospace Museum and placed on display in July 1993.

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