MiG-21F-13 Fishbed

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Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich, Russia
Designation: MIG-21F-13
Nickname: Fishbed C
Type: Fighter
Length: 15.76 meters  
Height: 4.1 meters  
Wingspan: 7.15 meters  
Crew: 1  
Armament: One NR-30 30mm cannon plus two K-13A air-to-air missiles  
Gross Weight: max. takeoff - 8625 kg  
No. of Engines: 1
Powerplant: Tumansky R-11F-300 turbojet
Pounds of thrust: 5740kg with afterburner
Range: 1300km (1670km with tanks)  
Cruising Speed: 550 mph    
Max Speed: 1150km/h at low alt (2175km/h at high)    
Ceiling: 19,000 meters  


The Mig-21 came from the successful design bureau of Artem Mikoyan and
Mikhail Gurevich.

The MiG-21 Fishbed F is a short-range day fighter-interceptor and the first
major production version of the popular MiG-21 series. It is but one of many
versions of this aircraft that have served in the air arms of many nations
around the world. 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 at
Moscow's Tushino Airport in June 1956.

During the Vietnam War, MiG-21s were often used against U.S. aircraft.
Between April 26, 1965, and January 8, 1973, USAF F-4s and B-52s downed 68

More than 30 countries of the world--including nations friendly to the
U.S.--have flown the MiG-21. At least 15 versions of the MiG-21 have been
produced, some outside the Soviet Union. Estimates place the number built at
more than 8,000, a production total exceeding that of any other modern jet

The MiG-21F-13 on display was built in Czechoslovakia and flew in the air
force of that nation. There were 194 MiG-21F-13's built in that country. Their
version did not have a cockpit window behind the pilot's head.

The MiG-21F-13 shown above, with 1101 painted on its side fuselage, was
donated in 2002 from Lillie Hornak, of Palm Springs, CA.