The MiG-21 was important in the development of the Soviet Union's military power, which facilitated the establishment of Soviet influence and a network of friendly/client states throughout the world.
Inexpensive and easy to mass produce; supersonic; agile; comparatively easy to fly, service & maintain.
Canadian Armed Forces based in Europe trained specifically to fight the MiG-21 in the event of armed conflict against the Soviet Union. It was one of the most significant aircraft in the history of the Cold War. This particular airplane is the first modern Soviet combat aircraft donated to Canada.
Predom. light grey; dark green nose cap, wheel rims & panels on stabilizers; black tires & stenciled lettering on fuselage; clear canopy over cockpit; red-blue-white roundel on wings & stabilizers; red + white bands on pitot tube; white forward landing gear & brown afterward landing gear; black + dark grey burners & afterburners.
Stenciled registration number on both sides of forward fuselage reads: "4038"; stenciled markings & plates in various locations in Czech language - to be translated.