15 amazing facts about the MiG-21

The MiG-21 first flew on 14 February 1955. To mark the occasion, Key.Aero brings you 15 amazing facts on the supersonic fighter

1. Approximately 40 countries and companies across four continents have flown the MiG-21, and it still serves many nations six decades after its maiden flight. This number does not include any privately owned

2. It is the second most produced jet aircraft in the world

3. It is the most produced supersonic fighter ever, with a production number of at least 11,496. This equates to more than the entire Boeing 737 fleet, or the F-16 Fighting Falcon

4. Its NATO reporting name is ‘Fishbed’. Other nicknames include: ‘Balalaika’ because its planform resembles the stringed musical instrument of the same name; ‘Ołówek’ (Polish for ‘pencil’), due to the shape of its fuselage, and ‘Én Bạc’, meaning ‘silver swallow’ in Vietnamese

5. Its

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