MiG-21

Have Doughnut and Have Drill: the classified programs that optimized the F-4 Phantom II’s performance margin over the MiG-17 and MiG-21

Have Doughnut and Have Drill: the classified programs that optimized the F-4 Phantom II’s performance margin over the MiG-17 and MiG-21

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

1 week ago

Here’s why before TOPGUN, Navy F-4 Phantom II fighter crews in Vietnam managed only a 2.5:1 kill ratio versus Soviet-built MiG-17 and MiG-21 fighters

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

3 weeks ago

Assistant CIC Officer recalls when after a North Korean MiG-21 shot down a US Navy EC-121, carriers were alerted to support a USAF nuclear strike on Pyongyang

North Korean MiG-21 fighter shoots down a US Navy EC-121 In 1969, a North Korean MiG-21 fighter shot down a… Read More

1 month ago

Former Nigerian Air Force MiG-21 pilot tells the story of when he blacked out from extreme g-forces during an air display with its Fishbed

G-LOC G-induced Loss Of Consciousness (abbreviated as G-LOC) is a term generally used in aerospace physiology to describe a loss… Read More

3 months ago

Operation Bolo: how Robin Olds F-4s disguised as F-105s shot down 7 North Vietnamese MiG-21s in 12 minutes

The F-4 Phantom II The F-4 Phantom II is one of the most important fighter aircraft of the jet era.… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the Soviet MiG-21 pilot that rammed an Iranian RF-4C with mixed USAF – IIAF crew flying a clandestine operation inside the USSR

PVO, the Soviet Air Defence Force In the 1950s the Soviets had managed to grow a major Air Defence Force… Read More

6 months ago

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

The cobra manoeuvre In aerobatics, the cobra manoeuvre (or just the cobra), also called dynamic deceleration, is a dramatic and… Read More

8 months ago

The Story of the College Student that scored the first ever Gun Kill for an Israeli F-4 Phantom II

Three or four times a week Aviem Sella returned from missions over Egypt flying at low altitude over Haifa to… Read More

10 months 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

11 months ago

Romanian Air Force retires its MiG-21 LanceR fighter fleet

On May 15, 2023 the Romanian Air Force retired its fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets as the NATO member and… Read More

1 year ago

Slovak Air Force to donate approximately 13 MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine (in return Slovakia will receive unspecified US military systems worth $700 Million)

The Slovak Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď commented on the unspecified systems delivery, saying that it should be made public… Read More

1 year ago

Israeli F-4 Navigator tells the story of when he and his pilot and their wingman engaged a North Korean MiG-21 during the Yom Kippur War

“The MiG pilot was extraordinarily good, flying wild and reacting time. He was alone against the two of us and… Read More

2 years 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

2 years ago

The Cuban Air Force pilot that defected to the US with his MiG-23. He then borrowed a Cessna 310, flew back to Cuba and brought his family to America.

On Mar. 20, 1991 MiG-23 pilot Orestes Lorenzo Perez circled the Naval Air Station Key West three times, waggling the… Read More

2 years ago

F-105 pilot Merlyn Dethlefsen made multiple passes to destroy a North Vietnamese SAM site with his Thud heavy damaged by AAA and engaged by MiG-21s

For his conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Capt. Dethlefsen was… Read More

2 years ago