Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA0108 MIG-21SPS "The White Shark"
22+02, JG-1, Drewitz Air Base, Germany, 1990
The Mig-21 was originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union with a NATO nickname Fishbed. No other jet has had as many planes produced as the Mig-21. Depending on the reference source 8,000 - 13,000 planes of all versions were made in the Soviet Union, under license to allied countries and China without license. A small, fast, agile, dependable and most importantly simple making it easy to turn out great numbers of the plane.
In 1990 when the Soviet Union ceased to exist the united German Air Force received 251 former East German MiG-21s. One variant of the MiG-21 were 24 MiG-21SPS that like all the others received new serial numbers, crosses and German flags on the tail. These aircraft only flew a few sorties before they were sent Drewitz and stored until 1992-1993 when most were scrapped. MiG-21SPS 22+02 “Der Weisser Hai” “the white shark” first flew in 1968 as former East German LSK #441 and in 1992 was scrapped.
MiG-21SPS was an export variant of the MiG-21PFM
MiG-21PFM was part of the Soviet Second Generation of Interceptors 1961 - 1966
MiG-21PFM (1964; Izdeliye 94; NATO – Fishbed F
Export version with a different IFF system, not capable of carrying S-24 rockets or ZB-62 Napalm
PFM meaning P – Perekhvatchik (Interceptor) F – Forsirovannyy (Uprated) M – Modernizirovanyy (Modernized) Mig-21MF Specs:
One 41.55kN (9,340lb st) or 64.73kN (14,550lb st) with afterburner Tumansky R-13-300 turbojet
Wingspan: 7.15m (23ft 5½in) Length: 15.76m (51ft 8½in) - including Pitot boom Max T-O weight: 9,400kg (20,725lb)
Max speed: Mach 2.1 (2,230km/h - 1,385mph) above 11,000m (36,000ft) Mach 1.06 (1,300km/h - 807mph) at low level Range: 1,100km (683 miles) - internal fuel only 1,800km (1,118 miles) - with three external drop tanks, one under fuselage, one under each wing
One 23mm twin-barrel GSh-23 cannon with 200 rounds in belly pack Various air-to-air and air-to-ground stores carried on four under wing pylons including: K-13A "Atoll" or "Advanced Atoll" a-a missiles, UV-16-57 rocket packs, S-24 a-s rockets, 250kg and 500kg bombs 1 X centre line drop tank.