February 14th in Aviation History

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 first touched the skies on the 14th of February, 1956. The MiG-21 with the NATO designation ‘Fishbed’ is a Soviet era designed supersonic fighter and interceptor jet airplane. The MiG-21 was designed by the Soviet company Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau. The MiG-21 is an iconic aircraft in combat aviation as it is known globally.

60+ years of its first flight, the MiG-21 continues to be in service today. More than 60 countries across the globe have operated or are operating a MiG-21 within their air combat fleets. The MiG-21 has made several aviation records. It is the most produced supersonic jet of all time, with more than 11,000 units built till date. The MiG-21 has seen action all across the world in different conflicts across different regions and nations. Today, India remains the largest operator of the MiG-21.

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