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MiG-21 - Aircraft of Superlatives

The Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 fighter aircraft (Russian: МиГ-21, NATO codename Fishbed) is:

  • the most built jet aircraft at all
  • the most built combat aircraft after World War II
  • the longest built combat aircraft with 50 years of production
  • the most widely used combat aircraft and served or serves with about 50 air forces on four continents
  • an aircraft built in 20 different versions of four generations.

Even today about 500 MiG-21s and more than 1000 J-7 / F-7s (Chinese copies) belong to the inventory of world air forces. Beside this the MiG-21 for more than 20 years was the backbone of the Air Force / Air Defence of the GDR (East Germany).

 

Notice: English section of this website will not be subject to future update. For updated information please refer to the German pages of this website or the publications by the author.