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After the completion of the McDonell Douglas DC-9 simulator, which is unique in the world, we had a very difficult starting position. We all want to move somewhere. Therefore, it was clear that creating another world unique object would not be easy. We decided to continue in 2017, not with airliners, but with something significantly more attractive.
We acquired a decommissioned fighter of the Czechoslovak (and subsequently the Czech) Army in June 2017, the MiG-21MF 9414. You can find a video of transporting the fighter here.
Before purchasing our fighter, we found out that there is no flight simulator in the world made from a full fighter. There are a few separated cockpits from decommissioned aircraft in the world but sitting in the whole machine and perceiving the huge mass around you is unforgettable.
With experience from our first project, we know that one of the most important roles is played by the projection screen and the form of display. In the case of an airliner, we solved the area with a cylinder into which we project. But in an airliner, the pilots don’t see above each other, while in a fighter place, the view upwards is an integral part of the entire flight. We racked our brains over it for a long time when, in cooperation with Weldpro, we invented a perfect aluminium dome (by the way, weighing 340 kg), which was mounted around the fighter cockpit so that the pilot could see what they should see in all directions.
The production of this dome took several months. However, the result is really unique and believe us, if someone claims to have a perfect projection around the cockpit of a fighter plane, they probably haven’t seen ours. It’s a half-sphere with a 3.6m diameter with a perfectly polished inner surface and a white coating. Six projectors with HD resolution project into the dome, thus covering the full view of the pilot. The sound is provided by several speakers and amplifiers with a subwoofer with a total musical power of 2000W. Thanks to this performance, we can reliably simulate the noise emitted by this machine. The pilot, who is closed in the cockpit, has a perfect impression of the flight. The surroundings of the aircraft are closed to other participants (due to noise exceeding hygienic standards).
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name ‘Fishbed’) is a Soviet supersonic jet fighter used since the early 1960’s to the present day. It has been used by the air forces of more than 30 countries and is still in service in several of them. Over 10,000 of them were produced, making it the most and longest-produced supersonic aircraft. It has been involved in many armed conflicts, including the Arab-Israeli wars and the Vietnam War.
Serial production began in 1959, but the introduction of production did not end the development of the aircraft. Other design changes were verified, including on the Je-66 machine.
The MiG-21 fighters were included in the armaments of the armies of more than fifty states; they were also in the armaments of the Czechoslovak People’s Army and then the Army of the Czech Republic from 1961 to 2005. They were produced under licence in Aero Vodochody from 1963 to 1972.
Our MiG-21 MF 9414 fighter was manufactured with serial number 969414 in Moscow on 20 June 1974. It covered 1,400 hours in the air by 2004 (when it was decommissioned).
Many quality pilots flew with our MiG. Among others, Oldřich Pelčák, one of the two Czechoslovak cosmonauts.