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Chengdu J-7C Fishbed PLAAF, 15th Division, Huairen Air Base, Beijing Military Region
General Background
The Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 is probably the world most widely used supersonic fighter. It was used by over 30 countries and 56 air forces. An estimation of over 10,000 units was produced for the Soviet Union alone.

The MIG-21 has a top speed of Mach 2 and it is famed for its ease of maintenance and effectiveness during air combats. It first achieved renown in the Vietnam War where it posed itself a challenging adversary for some more technological advanced aircrafts like the F-105 and F-4 Phantom. The Mig-21 is certainly one of the most famous aircrafts in the world for all times.
The Aircraft
Established in 1948 as the North China Military Region it was renamed the Beijing Military Region in 1955 when the Inner Mongolia Military Region was downgraded to a district and became part of the new BMR. The BMR is the most important of 7 military regions with its primary duty to protect the capital.
Specifications :



7.154 m / 23.47 ft

Length: 14.7 m / 48.23 ft
Fuselage length: 12.285 m / 40.3 ft
Height: 4.710 m / 15.4 ft
Wing area: 23.00 m2 247.5 sq. ft
Normal take-off: 8300 kg / 18,298 lb
Maximum take-off: 9400 kg / 20,723 lb
Engines: 1 X Tumansky R-13-300
Trust:  14,550 lbs / 6599.76 kg
Maximum Speed:   At altitude – 2230 km/h / 1386 mph
  At sea level – 1300 km/h / 808 mph
Rate of climb: 205 m/s / 672.57 ft/s
Service celling: 18,000 m / 59,055 ft
Hard-point: 5
Canon: Semi-internal 1.23 mm GSh-23L mounted under the fuselage on the centerline in front of the pylon.
Optional: 4 X R-13 (AA-2 Atoll) air-to-air missiles.
  Could carry bomb load up to 499.86 kg / 1,102 lb.
  UB-16-57U 16 shot and UD-J2A 32 shot rocket pods.
  Plus other standard Soviet air-to-ground ordnance.