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503  -  Mikoyan-Gurovich MiG-21PF  -  Hungarian Air Force  -  RAF Museum Cosford 15/11/19 | by Plane Martin
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503 - Mikoyan-Gurovich MiG-21PF - Hungarian Air Force - RAF Museum Cosford 15/11/19




To Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Legiero) as MiG-21PF (Type 76) NATO reporting name ‘Fishbed-D’; constructor’s number 760503, being one of some two dozen of this variant operated, from serials block 501-510. Deliveries of the MiG-21PF fighter variant to Hungary began in 1966, and by 1988 they were relegated to the training role.

This was the second production version of the MiG-21, with all- weather capability, with revised nose of larger capacity with radar in the inlet centrebody, entering production in 1962.

Originally purchased privately for use in a James Bond film to be made at Pinewood Studios. Brought to UK and assembled by Hungarian technicians.

To Aces High at North Weald Airfield, Essex as N610DM, in airworthy condition, with 1,895 airframe hours. Two others acquired at the same time, which were exported. Photo; Warbird Tech Vol 45 Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed p.95.

Registered on UK civil register as G-BRAM

Ground run for first time at North Weald. Photo – Flypast July 1989 p.7. Photo at around same time – Aircraft illustrated September 1989 p.449. Ground run several times subsequently.

To Bournemouth Aviation Museum, at Bournemouth Airport, Hants, on loan from owner John Hallett-still in taxiable condition.

UK registration cancelled by CAA.

To Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) at Farnborough Airfield, Hants, on loan from the family of FAST leading light the late John Hallett. Photo – Wrecks and Relics 20th Edition. For this move by road the wing fences and wing tips were removed and later replaced.

By road to RAFM Cosford, following purchase by the RAF Museum. Photo on arrival.

Text credit Andrew Simpson.

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Taken on November 15, 2019