Flying the Mig 21Bis - I think it is trying to kill me!

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Flying the Mig 21Bis - I think it is trying to kill me!

Post by jester224 » 07 Nov 2019, 13:52

The MiG-21BIS (NATO Code Fishbed) is iconic, over 10,000 Soviet/Russian built units alone. So recently I purchased this aircraft as a little flying challenge to myself. Firstly, the start up is quick and easy, something for a interceptor is a good thing. Forget waiting for the INAS to align as it doesn't have one. I have yet to puzzle out the Russian radio navigation aids so that is another post. But you can get the Fishbed up and running in about a minute. Taxing is easy enough once you figure out the arcane steering with the wheel brake lever and rudder pedals. This is the same as the L-39 and possibly reflects the need to train this feature.

Take off as the title implies is the first attempt this plane has on taking you out. Give the usual beans with plenty of afterburner, but be careful as it accelerates very quickly and there is a fine line between rotate and blowing the tyres! Next you pass this initial test but wait now you raise the gear, eh no you can't which idiot put the little catch to stop the leaver going up! Now I have worked that out the nose dropped. Time to kill you! If you pull to hard on the stick you can enter a stall regardless of your speed. If the AoA reaches above a certain point you are in deep do do. The aircraft will sink smartly into the floor. Yanking and banking is just as bad you can find yourself in a spiral dive type eeeeek situation! So balance in the turn with all three sets of controls. This aircraft challenges you to fly well with no real aids to help. This is no F-18.

So what about combat? Well the first thing is finding the enemy. The radar is well yes and no screens you are reliant on either F-10 key or being with 30 miles from the target and level or below. So you can see that some form of GCI/AWACs is vital. Now the missiles are effective and I found it easy enough to fire and hit if I had visual contact and had a lock. Now one thing to note at this point there is one amazing feature of the MiG-21 over the F-18. It has an effective working rear view mirror! You can see someone coming up behind. Not even the new F-35 has that. I have yet to drop bombs and that to can wait for another post.

Overall the MiG-21 is fun and a challenge. Worth some cash in the next set of sales.
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Re: Flying the Mig 21Bis - I think it is trying to kill me!

Post by Gaspode » 07 Nov 2019, 14:51

Wants to kill you?
No pilot or nav aids?
Will kill you happily if you yank and bank?
Sounds like my kind of airplane and possibly the closest wel ever get to having an ee lightning in game
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Re: Flying the Mig 21Bis - I think it is trying to kill me!

Post by jester224 » 08 Nov 2019, 09:29

It is similar to the Lightening in age and technology. One major difference it does not have the insane amount of thrust that the Lightening had. It is fun to fly and no messing.
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Re: Flying the Mig 21Bis - I think it is trying to kill me!

Post by fly_george » 08 Nov 2019, 13:31

i desperately want to make a iranian mig 21 mission, but all the arc and rsbn barely works on Persian gulf at present. i do love that suicidal jet powered dart tho
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Re: Flying the Mig 21Bis - I think it is trying to kill me!

Post by jester224 » 08 Nov 2019, 13:52

Does the GPS NS430 module work with the MiG-21? That would improve its non-Russian navigation a lot. Although reading recently those perfidious, sneaky Russians have a habit of jamming the signal.
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