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Entering service in 1959, the MiG-21 Fishbed became the most-produced supersonic aircraft in history. Some 11,000 MiG-21s were built, and it served in many versions in almost 40 air forces around the world and still serves many nations a half-century after its maiden flight.Designed as an all-weather interceptor, the Mikoyan-Guryevich MiG-21 was small, fast, and quite manoeuvrable at certain altitudes. It proved such a challenge for the F-4s that the United States adopted a "dissimilar aircraft" training program, using Northrop F-5s to simulate the MiGs. Seeing action during the Vietnam War, the MiG-21 routinely battled American aircraft and it fought against the Israelis in the conflicts from 1960s onwards.
Mig 21 - ‘Fishbed’
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The small Fishbeds would evade radar and ambush US formations with hit-and- run attacks, many US jets, including the F-4 Phantoms, were downed or forced to abort their missions.During the Cold War, the MiG-21 came to symbolize the military might of the Soviet Union as it squared off against the West in conflicts from Vietnam to Africa and the Middle East. Just like the Kalashnikov AK-47 automatic rifle that epitomized Soviet power - the MiG-21 holds a place in military history.