East German MiG-21s: Cold War Fishbeds


The MiG-21 Fishbed was the mainstay of many Warsaw Pact air forces, including the former German Democratic Republic. Doug Gordon examines the service of the MiG-21 with the GDR’s air force.

A MiG-21M of reconnaissance squadron TAFS-47, one of three Fishbed squadrons based at Preschen attached to JG 3. Between 1962 and 1990, the East German Air Force (LSK NVA) operated more than 550 MiG-21s.
Udo ‘Sadzu’ Sadzulewski

If the success of a fighter is judged by service longevity and numbers produced then the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 could be the most successful fighter of the past 60 years.

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