A Romanian Air Force MiG-21 Lancer aircraft taking off from Campia Turzii, Romania, April 2014—DoD photo by SSgt R.J. Biermann
Despite having chronically short range, and a below-average weapons load, the MiG-21 was a significant fighter aircraft of its day.
Yes, as you know the Russian preference is ground control of its interceptors–but what you say also underscores that its not the size of the dog in the fight but rather the size of the fight in the dog.
Back about twenty-five years ago, there were several Mig-21s listed in Trade-a-Plane. Two seat models. The price was remarkable; $60,000 USD for the airplane in airworthy condition, plus some spare parts and two extra engines. All for the same price. My oldest son was fresh out of medical school and started lobbying me to buy one. I told him that, knowing him, we would be buying china and glass windows all over the country, not to mention the ghastly price of the thing’s healthy appetite for JP4. Besides, we might both end up in jail for exceeding all kinds of civilian speed limits.
Sixty grand does not sound like much until you add in a 200 gph fuel burn, and you have to fly a beast like that a LOT in order to stay current.
The numbers speak for themselves, Chuck. 60 large can get you into a serious problem but what a problem–not to mention getting to know your local enforcement officials 😉
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