Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA0190: MIG-21PFS “5081” Egyptian Air Force, Yom Kippur War, October 1973. Production of only 600 pieces. RRP £70
From October 6, 1973 until October 25, 1973 a state of war existed between the coalition of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia against Israel. This war is known by several names, Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War, October War or 1973 Arab-Israeli War. During this period Israel flew Mirage III CJs or Neshers while the Egyptian Air Force flew Soviet built MiG-21s of various types including the MiG-21PFS. The original surprise attack by Egypt was made up of over 220 aircraft that went undetected because they flew below radar level.
The Mig-21 was originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union with a NATO nickname Fishbed. No other jet has had as many planes produced as the Mig-21. Depending on the reference source 8,000 – 13,000 planes of all versions were made in the Soviet Union, under license to allied countries and China without license. A small, fast, agile, dependable and most importantly simple making it easy to turn out great numbers of the plane.
P – Perekhvatchik / Interceptor
F – Forsirovannyy / Uprated
S – Sduv Pogranichnovo Sloya / Boundary Layer Blowing
The MiG-21PFS was a derivative of the MiG-21PF that had many changes
modifications as production continued. The aircraft could use RATO packs for short takeoffs, blown flaps which decrease the landing speed as well as some aerodynamic improvements and a new gun pod at one point in time.
Crew – 1
Engine – Tumansky R-11F2S-300
Dry/Reheat – 38.8/60.6 kN (8710 / 13610 lbf)
Center Pylon – 1 x PTB-490 Drop-Tank
1 x K-13/R-3S infrared AAM
1 x RS-2-US AAM
1 x UB-16-57U 57mm Rocket Pod
1 X FAB-100/250 kg (general-purpose bomb is fugasnaya aviatsionnaya bomba (FAB)