Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

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By (author) Alexander Mladenov, Illustrated by Adam Tooby

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 246mm x 6mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1782003746
  • ISBN 13: 9781782003748
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (black and white, and colour)
  • Sales rank: 199,546

Product description

The MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) firmly holds the title of the world's most widely built and used jet fighter, with more than 10,000 units rolling off the lines of three plants in the former Soviet Union. The type was also built under license in India and Czechslovakia, and without license in China until the late 2000s. Designed as a Mach-2 light tactical fighter, its original prototype, the Ye-6/1, was first flown in 1958. The first production variant of the type, designated the MiG-21F, appeared in 1960 and its improved sub-variant, the MiG-21F-13 (Type 74, NATO reporting name Fishbed-C), was made available for export by 1961. It was a simplified daytime short-range, clear-weather interceptor and tactical fighter.

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Author information

Alexander Mladenov is an internationally renowned expert on Russian and Eastern European aviation topics, from Soviet era developments through to state of the art equipment. He lives and works in Bulgaria.

Review quote

"This book looks into the background and the development of the MiG-21 as well as the aircraft that came before it and after it. All of the different variants are covered as well as an in-depth look at one of the more produced versions, the MiG-21PF. In addition to the difference between variants, foreign production is covered as is its use in various conflicts. Several pages of full color art work and profiles are included as well as the usual large cutaway on the back two pages. A great read and highly recommended."- Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (July 2014)

Table of contents

Introduction/ Design and Development/ Technical Specifications and Variants/ Operational History/ Conclusion/ Bibliography and Further Reading