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MIG-21 MF Jet Fighter 5121, flown by Pham Tuan, 921st "Sao Do", Dec 1972
General Background
The Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 is the world most widely used supersonic fighter which has been used by over 30 countries and 56 air forces. It is the most produced aircraft since World War II with an estimation of over 10,000 in the Soviet Union alone.

The Mig-21 has a top speed of Mach 2 and has proven to be an effective and easy to maintain aircraft in many conflicts. It first achieved renown in the Vietnam War where it posed itself a challenging adversary for 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
In the early 1970's the Vietnam People's Air Force 921 Sao Do was equipped with MiG- 21MFs and went on to take part flying against the U.S. "Operation Linebacker". On December 27, 1972 the VPAF claim the MiG-21MF "5121" flown by Pham Tuan shot down a USAF B-52 but this is disputed by the USAF. After the Vietnam War Pham Tuan became the first Vietnam citizen to go into space aboard the Soyuz 37 "Gorbatko". His MiG-21MF "5121" is on display at the Vietnamese Air Force Museum in Hanoi.
Specifications :
Power Plant: One 41.55kN (9,340lb st) or 64.73kN (14,550lb st) with afterburner Tumansky R-13-300 turbojet
Wingspan: 7.15m (23ft 5 1/2in)
Length: 15.76m (51ft 8 1/2in) - incl pitot boom
Max T-O weight: 9,400kg (20,725lb)
Max speed: Mach 2.1 (2,230km/h - 1,385mph) above 11,000m (36,000ft)
Mach 1.06 (1,300km/h - 807mph) at low level
Range: 1,100km (683 miles) - internal fuel only
1,800km (1,118 miles) - with three external drop tanks, one under fuselage, one under each wing
Armament: One 23mm twin-barrel GSh-23 cannon with 200 rounds in belly pack
Various air-to-air and air-to-ground stores carried on four under wing pylons including:
K-13A "Atoll" or "Advanced Atoll" a-a missiles,
UV-16-57 rocket packs,

S-24 a-s rockets,

250kg and 500kg bombs

Eventually Sidewinder missiles