No 8. MiG-19 “Farmer”
|Max Speed||909 mph|
|Service ceiling||57,400 ft|
|Thrust to weight ratio||0.86|
Known as the farmer, this was the first Soviet aircraft capable of supersonic speeds during level flights. Its American counterpart would be the F-100 Super Sabre. Notably, the MiG-19 was seen in action during the Vietnamese War, Indo-Pak war of 1971 and during the Civil war in Yemen in early 1960s. To date, there have 22 variants of this fighter jet.
No 7. MiG-21 “Fishbed” and “Mongol”
|Max Speed||1,385 – 1,468 mph (depending on the variant type)|
|Range||751 – 1,073 mi (depending on the variant type)|
|Service ceiling||58,400 – 62,335 ft (depending on the variant type)|
Nicknamed “balalaika”, the MiG-21 is the most-produced supersonic aircraft in history. Over 50 countries have flown the MiG-21. With over 21 variants, it is the most-produced combat aircraft since the Korean War.