MiG-21 Fishbed

Did you know Su-27 pilot Viktor Pugachev Wasn’t the First to Perform the Cobra? The Story of the Syrian MiG-21 Pilot who Developed the Cobra Manoeuvre

Did you know Su-27 pilot Viktor Pugachev Wasn’t the First to Perform the Cobra? The Story of the Syrian MiG-21 Pilot who Developed the Cobra Manoeuvre

During a test-flight, in early 1967, Syrian pilot Mohammad Mansour inadvertently pitched the nose of his MiG-21 too hard, so… Read More

5 days ago

North Vietnamese MiG-21 pilot recalls when his two wingmen were shot down by USAF F-4Cs acting as RF-4Cs in a new tactic devised by Robin Olds four days after Operation Bolo

Col. Robin Olds briefed F-4Cs of the 555th TFS/8th TFW to fly in tight formation along a flightpath regularly used… Read More

3 months ago

North Vietnamese MiG-21 Fishbed pilot tells the story of when he shot down a USAF B-52 Stratofortress during Operation Linebacker II

According to Vietnamese records, on the night of Dec. 27, 1972 North Vietnamese Air Force pilot Pham Tuan used MiG-21MF… Read More

9 months ago

Here’s how B-52 Tail Gunners shot down two North Vietnamese MiG-21 Fighters and turned the iconic strategic bomber into a MiG Killer

During Operation Linebacker II two B-52D tail gunners belonging to the 307th Strategic Bomb Wing from U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand, continued… Read More

9 months ago

Romania had to ground its MiG-21 LanceR fleet earlier this year because the jets were supplied with low-quality jet fuel

Overtime, the fuel pumps of the MiG-21 LanceR jets began exhibiting symptoms and were unable to operate properly. Alert 5… Read More

12 months ago

U-2 Vs MiG-21: why the Fishbed was never able to shoot down the famed High-Altitude Spy Plane

It is unsurprising that at least one US U-2 pilot underway over Cuba in the late 1960s experienced a rude… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the North Vietnamese MiG-21 Fishbed fighters tasked to attack USAF EB-66 Destroyer electronic attack aircraft

The VPAF’s determination to eliminate the highly disruptive effects of EB-66 jamming increased their efforts at interception. Air Defence Command… Read More

2 years ago

Soviet Pilot who test flew captured F-5 against MiG-21, MiG-23 explains why the Tiger beat the Fishbed, Flogger in every engagement

‘Every flight ended with the same result: MiG-21 lost, although he had much higher thrust-to-weight ratio,’ Vladimir Kondaurov, Soviet pilot… Read More

2 years ago

The story behind the gun-camera sequences featuring Syrian MiG-21s shot down by Israeli Mirage IIIs

Al-Masry’s jet was then hit by 30mm cannon fire from one of Mirages and exploded, killing the pilot. It was… Read More

2 years ago

Israeli Mirage IIIs and Israeli F-4 Phantom IIs Vs Soviet MiG-21s: the day Israeli fighters ambushed Soviet Fishbeds over the Suez Canal

With everything in place, the front 4 Mirages turned around and thus the 12 Israelis sandwiched the 4 Soviet MiG-21s…… Read More

2 years ago

Former North Vietnamese MiG-21 pilot explains how he was able to shoot down a USAF B-52 during Operation Linebacker II

"I launched two heat seeking missiles from a distance of 2 kilometers. Big flames were visible around the second B-52… Read More

2 years ago

The story of Roy ‘Outlaw’ Cash, the first US Navy RIO to re-train as a pilot who scored the first MiG kill for the F-4J and VF-33

The MiG kill scored by Cash was the last of Rolling Thunder and the first by an East Coast (Atlantic… Read More

2 years ago

Yugoslavia chose the MiG-21 over the Mirage III but the conversion to the Fishbed was plagued by problems

A study by the RV i PVO concluded that, `MiG-pilots are not capable of interceptor-operations at speeds above Mach 1.3.'… Read More

3 years ago

How Iraq opposition to the US policy in Vietnam made the Iraqi Air Force the second-largest operator of MiG-21s in the Middle East

Not only did the MiG-21 proved to be easy to maintain, but the Soviets were quick to deliver. Originally ordered… Read More

3 years ago

CF-121 Redhawk Program: The True Story Behind Canada’s Purchase of 30 Soviet Built MiG-21 Fishbed Fighters

Variously referred to by American media as “The Stab in the Back-yard”, “The Fishbed Flap” “The Redhawk Incident” or more… Read More

3 years ago