Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA0109 MIG-21PFM No. 6173, 927th Fighter Regiment, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 1979
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.
The 927th “Lam Son” Fighter Regiment was activated on February 3, 1972 comprised of the 3rd and 9th squadrons equipped with MiG-21PFMs. Operating north of the 20th Parallel it was to support the 921st and 923rd Flight Regiments. The first CO was ace Major Nguyen Hong Nhi with 8 victories. MiG-21PFM 6173 764801240 joined the VPAF in 1979 as a replacement for a previously lost MiG-21PFM. It came painted in Soviet camo colors and was repainted with Vietnamese camo scheme, national insignia and a red 6173. MiG-21PFMs beginning with 6### never saw action in the War.
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.