MiG-21 Fishbed

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

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

4 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

4 years ago

The story of the Israeli Mirage that shot down an Israeli F-4E Phantom II during the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War

‘While one of the Mirages from No. 144 Squadron, IAF shot down the F-4E with the call-sign Buffet 2, another… Read More

4 years ago

[Video] Israeli Fighter Pilot explains how he became the first F-15 Driver to score a MiG Kill

Spotting the two MiG-21s first, Moshe Melnik became the section leader and turned towards them, launching a Python 3 AAM… Read More

4 years ago

The Unknown Role Played by the F-104 Starfighter During Operation Bolo

The F-104s were therefore given CAP role, although their radar cross section was actually more like that of a Thunderchief,… Read More

4 years ago

Between the MiG-21PF and the MiG-21PFM: the Story of the MiG-21PFS, the Weird Fishbed Variant

Between Jun. 12 and 30 1967, the USSR delivered exactly 65 such MiG-21PFS aircraft to Egypt as replacements for losses… Read More

4 years ago

How a VMFA-333 F-4 Phantom II scored the only USMC Mig Kill of the Vietnam War

'The growl of the Sidewinder tone was loud enough to drive you from the cockpit, and it really did a… Read More

5 years ago

The story of No.26 Squadron “Black Ravens” MiG-21s, the Egyptian Air Force Top Guns of Yom Kippur War

Pilots from No. 26 Squadron strove to improve their skills to a degree where they could outmatch the Israelis, and… Read More

5 years ago

US could block Israeli’s F-16 sale to Croatia

Washington is upset that Israel added advanced Israeli-made electronic systems to the F-16s, giving Jerusalem an edge over American planes… Read More

5 years ago

The Incredible Story of the Iranian F-14 Pilot that Safely RTB after having flown through the Fireball of the Iraqi MiG-21 He Had just Shot Down

"I fired one AIM-9 at very close range, and when my missile hit the MiG, it blew up into a… Read More

5 years ago

That Time an IrAF Commander painted a Female Lap on the Runway to help MiG-21 Pilots Accomplishing Successful Landings

The results of this exercise were unique: most of the pilots accomplished successful landings right 'on the spot' during their… Read More

5 years ago

B-52D Diamond Lil tail gunner explains how he scored the last confirmed kill by a tail gunner in wartime 

"I fired at the bandit until it ballooned to 3 times in intensity then suddenly disappeared from my radar scope… Read More

6 years ago

India to gift three airworthy MiG-21s to Russia

The MiG-21s are in flight-worthy condition and will get new registration numbers and may be adopted for vintage flight The… Read More

6 years ago

Croatia to buy Israeli second-hand F-16C/Ds

The F-16 was offered for sale to Croatia by Greece and U.S. as well Croatia’s Defense Council has recommended that… Read More

6 years ago

HERE’S HOW B-52 TAIL GUNNERS TURNED THE BUFF INTO A MiG KILLER

The BUFF MiG kills were both scored during Operation Linebacker II, the Christmas strategic air offensive against the industrial and… Read More

6 years ago

ISRAEL TO OFFER A MIX OF 12 SECOND HAND F-16A/B/C/Ds TO CROATIA

Initially, F-16A/Bs were proposed but the new plan is to offer C/D models that are deemed surplus with the arrival… Read More

6 years ago