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The single-seater multipurpose fighter plane MiG-21 was a standard USSR plane in the 1970s and 1980s, and one of the most-built supersonic aircraft in the world.

The MiG-21 was built in numerous versions between 1958 and 1984 and developed into one of the most-built fighter aircraft of the postwar period. It is estimated that a total of 11,000 planes were produced. In 1990, the East German military aircraft became the property of the Bundeswehr following German reunification, and were gradually scrapped in the subsequent years under the CSCE disarmament treaties. A few planes were secured beforehand for museums. When the MiG-21 was taken over by the Bundesluftwaffe in 1990, the DDR insignia were painted over. The original NVA markings on the plane exhibited at the Flugwerft have been uncovered.

Technical specifications:

  • Design office: Mikojan-Gurewitsch, UdSSR, 1973
  • Wingspan: 7.15 m
  • Length: 15.8 m
  • Maximum speed (unarmed): 2230 km/h at an altitude of 11,000 m Höhe (Mach 2.1)
  • Landing speed: 270 km/h
  • Landing run: 550 m (with drag chute 380–420 m)
  • Range: without auxiliary tank) 1100 km
  • Power plant: Tumanski R-13-300 jet engine with afterburner