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1955 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 UM Mongol

MiG-21 UM “Mongol”

SN – 4820

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 is a supersonic jet fighter and interceptor aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. Its nicknames include: Balalaika, because its planform resembles the stringed musical instrument of the same name; Ołówek, Polish for “pencil”, due to the shape of its fuselage,and Én Bạc, meaning “Silver Swallow”, in Vietnamese. Approximately 60 countries over four continents have flown the MiG-21, and it still serves many nations six decades after its maiden flight. It made aviation records, became the most-produced supersonic jet aircraft in aviation history, the most-produced combat aircraft since the Korean War, and previously the longest production run of a combat aircraft (now exceeded by both the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon).



Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 1
Length: 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in) excluding pitot boom
Wingspan: 7.154 m (23 ft 6 in)
Height: 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in)
Empty Weight: 3,919 kg (8,640 lb)
Max Take Off Weight:

  • 8,800 kg (19,401 lb) unprepared or metal planking runway
  • 9,800 kg (21,605 lb) paved runway with standard wheels and tires
  • 10,400 kg (22,928 lb) paved runway with larger wheels and tires


Speed: 2,175 km/h (1,351 mph, 1,174 kn) / M2.05 at 13,000 m (43,000 ft)
Service Ceiling: 17,500 m (57,400 ft)

  • 660 km (410 mi, 360 nmi) clean at 11,000 m (36,089 ft)
  • 604 km (375 mi; 326 nmi) at 11,000 m (36,089 ft) with two R-3S missiles
  • 793 km (493 mi; 428 nmi) at 10,000 m (32,808 ft) with two R-3S missiles and 800 l (210 US gal; 180 imp gal) drop-tank


Guns: 2 × 23 mm (0.906 in) Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 autocannon (80 rounds per gun, 160 rounds total)

  • 1 × 37 mm Nudelman N-37 autocannon (40 rounds total)

Hardpoints: 2 pylons with a capacity of up to 500 kg (1,100 lb) of stores, with provisions to carry combinations of:

  • Rockets: 2 × UB-16-57 rocket pods for S-5 rockets
  • Bombs: 2 × 250 kg (550 lb) bombs(some versions equipped with 3 x NR-23 autocannons and 2 x K-5 air-to-air missiles)

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