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MIG-21PFM "Aerobatic Team" No.67, Soviet Air Force, Kubinka AFB, 1967
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
The first official Soviet air show was held in 1933. They flew 5 IL-16 aircraft, 4 were painted red and the lead aircraft remained an olive green. In 1934 the exhibition moved to Tushino Airfield outside Moscow. After WWII the Soviets began to use Yak-15s, MiG- 15s and MiG-21s with the upper half of the fuselage painted red. Most aircraft were drawn from the 176th Air Regiment who later became the 234th AR based at Kubinka in 1952. The last Soviet airshow took place at Domodedovo Airfield in 1967 using MiG- 21PFM.
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