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Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

MIG-21 Fishbed

 
 
MIG-21 Fishbed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
1. MIG-21 Fishbed Marker
Inscription.
The MIG-21F is a short range day fighter-interceptor and the first major production version of the popular MIG-21 series. The MIG-21 is considered to be the most outstanding Soviet fighter aircraft designed since the end of WW II. The E-5 prototype of the MIG-21 was first flown in 1955 and made its first public appearance during the Soviet Aviation Day display in June 1956.

The MIG-21 is used by more than 30 countries of the world — including nations friendly to the US. An estimated 10,000 - 13,000 copies have been built in 15 different versions.

This production feat is only outnumbered by some WW II aircraft and in modern days only by one — the Lockheed C-130. First introduced in service in 1959, it continued front line service for more than 30 years. A record equal, and parallel, to the F-4 Phantom ll.

The MIG-21 proved itself over and over as a formidable fighter. It has seen combat in most conflicts since the Vietnam War. The MIG-21 is not known for its radar or hauling capabilities, nor for its target acquisition equipment or range. It was very much dependent on the pilot, his training and experience.

This MIG-21 S/N 014 is depicted in the USSR camouflage paint scheme of its time.

Specifications
Manufacturer Mikoyanl Gurevich Bureau
Thrust One Tumansky R-11F-300 Turbojet
MIG-21 Fishbed & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
2. MIG-21 Fishbed & Marker
engine rated at 12,675 lbs of thrust w/afterburner
Length 51 ft 9 in
Height 15 ft 9 in
Wingspan 23 ft 6 in
Weight 11,464 lbs Empty / 18,080 lbs Max
Speed 1,300 mph Max / 550 mph Cruise
Range 800 miles w/tanks
Ceiling 50,000 ft
Armament One — NR-30 30mm cannon and Two — K-13 Atoll air-to-air missiles or FAB-500 bombs, FAB-250 bombs or UV-16-67 rocket pods

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
 
Location. 30° 27.944′ N, 86° 33.655′ W. Marker is in Eglin AFB, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pinchot Road (State Road 189) and Museum Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Air Force Armament Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB FL 32542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O-2 Skymaster (a few steps from this marker); F-4 Phantom II (a few steps from this marker); B-47 Stratojet (a few steps from this marker); GBU-43/B MOAB (within shouting distance of this marker); MQM-105 Aquila (within shouting distance of
MIG-21 Fishbed image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
3. MIG-21 Fishbed
this marker); F-104 Starfighter (within shouting distance of this marker); Combat Wounded Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); F-100 Supersabre (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eglin AFB.
 
Also see . . .
1. Air Force Armament Museum. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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