The A-144-1 was a special ogival wing modification of the MiG-21, designed to study the flight performance of the “tailless” aircraft, using evelons control system. The first flight of the A-144 took place on March 18, 1968. Sadly the plane was lost in an air crash, due to pilot's mistake.
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by Meindert de Vreeze in Dutch forum "Designer Home" (English)
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 was designed in the Soviet Union as a high speed supersonic fighter in the nineteen fifties. It proved to be a very good design, with over 10,000 built in dozens of versions of the MiG-21 and exported to many Soviet influenced countries during the Cold War all over the World. A special test aircraft was the A-144. It was officially the MiG-21i 21-11 as a lot of parts are common with the conventional MiG-21. Purpose was first to test a tailless aircraft with ailerons and flaps. The next purpose was to familiarize Russian pilots of the forthcoming Tupolev TU-144 flight characteristics and the A-144 had a similar curved wing leading edge and no tail. So test pilots called it the "analog".
by "Kurogane" in the French forum "1-72.forumgratuit.org" (French)
Allez, un dernier montage "Russe" d'ici à la fin Août avec cette curieuse version du Mig 21 "Analog" ayant servi de tests pour l'élaboration de la voilure du Tupolev 144.
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