MiG-21MT, No. 96.40.15, Dolgoye Ledovo, Russia, early 1980´s
This aircraft can be currently found at Dolgoye Ledovo on display, but the unit it served with is uncertain. The MiG-21MT (NATO code
Fishbed K) was produced by the Moscow plant Znamya Truda in 1971, but only 15 of these aircraft were built, because pilots were
very unsatisfied with performance and flying characteristics of the plane. It was developer as a response to foreign customers
calling for longer operational range. More powerful R-13F-300 engine was installed as well as a big internal fuel tank of 900 liters
volume in the fuselage ridge. This gave the MiG-21MT its characteristic hump appearance. Although the MT version was intended
to be an export version, no customers were ever found.
MiG-21SMT, 515 IAP, Tököl, Hungary, late 1970´s
Yellow 31 was serving with the 515 Fighter Regiment in Tököl. The aircraft was delivered in natural metal finish, later on the aircraft
of the unit were given camouflage and the tactical numbers were painted with white outline only. The aircraft was given protective
grey painting on the bottom of the front section of the fuselage and was presented to delegation of Hungarian pilots, who were
undergoing training for usage of special bombs at the time.
INFO Eduard - January 2022