Air Force Pilot Tells Us How to Fly the Soviet Union’s Top Secret MiG-21 Weapon. The MiG-21F Fishbed is a Russian supersonic short-range fighter, the first generation of the popular MiG-21 series.
Air Force Pilot Tells Us How to Fly the Soviet Union’s Top Secret MiG-21 Weapon
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The Soviet Union used thousands of MiG-21 fighters during the Cold War. Because the MiG-21 was fast, inexpensive, and capable of performing both combat and attack missions, it was inevitable that American fighter pilots would encounter them, and they did. However, the U.S. military had a major advantage over the Soviets. That is, they were operating a secret reserve of MiG fighters.
Mikoyan-Gurevich’s MiG-21 was developed before the F-16, but both were relatively inexpensive fighters, capable of performing both air and ground missions.
The MiG-21 (nicknamed the “Fisherman” by NATO) was exported around the world, flying from East Germany to Vietnam. It was necessary to analyze the aircraft thoroughly and directly, but this was nearly impossible in the closed Soviet society.
During the Cold War, American intelligence agencies tried to get their hands on as much Soviet material as possible. To what extent these attempts were true remained a mystery until 1984, when Air Force Lieutenant General Robert Bond was killed in a mysterious crash near Area 51.
A week later, the New York Times discovered that Bond had died in a real MiG, not a regular American fighter jet.
Today, we know that the Air Force’s “Standing Stake” program had several Soviet and Chinese fighters, including MiG-17s, MiG-21s, and MiG-23s.
Few American pilots flew Soviet fighters, including Captain Brian McCoy, a former Air Force fighter pilot who flew an Everpeg MiG-21.
McCoy flew 287 sorties in this fighter aircraft, totaling 134.5 hours. McCoy recently gave an interview to the alternative aviation magazine Hush-Kit, in which he shared his experiences.
Rather than going into the details of the “standing stake” program, McCoy talks about what it was like to fly the MiG-21 compared to other aircraft in the US military.
The American MiGs had been slightly modified to make them easier for American pilots to fly, with green ribbons placed on the dials to indicate normal operating parameters.
Other equipment, such as the ejection seat supported by a light infantry mortar, was still in place.
McCoy, meanwhile, described the Fishbed as an “improved fighter” of Northrop’s T-38 Talon trainer. The MiG was fast, simple, and “very agile,” simulating a dogfight between US aircraft and US pilots.
Despite the MiG-21’s many shortcomings, the Soviets produced as many as 11,000 MiG-21s, which McCoy described as “pure death by numbers.
On the downside, according to McCoy, the MiG-21 had poor visibility, a “surprisingly short-range,” and “short-range medium-range infrared missiles (AA-2 Atoll).