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MiG-21 UM “Mongol”

First Flight

June 16, 1955


Restoration Ramp Area

Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 2 (Student and Instructor)
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


Static Aircraft


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)

Loan Status

This aircraft is owned by the Valiant Air Command

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).

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