Today In Aviation History – February 14, 1955 – First Flight MiG-21

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59 years ago today, February 14, 1955, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 designated by NATO as the “Fishbed” first flew.  Approximately 60 countries over four continents have flown the MiG-21, and it still serves many nations a half-century after its maiden flight. The fighter made aviation records. At least by name, it is the most-produced supersonic jet aircraft in aviation history and the most-produced combat aircraft since the Korean War, and it had the longest production run of a combat aircraft (1959 to 1985 over all variants) with over 11,000 produced.

This MiG-21 is owned by the EAA Museum in Oshkosh and is a Chinese version built in 1963.