Joe Gano (Warbirds of Delaware) has had over 400 hours in the MiG-21. In a 2017 issue of Flypast magazine he says:
- Takeoff is at 12 deg alpha.
- Turbulence from the wing hits the tail at 15 deg alpha
- This causes a pre-stall buffet that doesn't measurably increase all the way up to stall
- ... stall is at 36 deg
- if you are doing any kind of aggressive manoeuvering you are continually in buffet
- The MiG does not depart controlled flight in the normal sense
- It feels like it is still flying, but it is sinking like a rock and takes about 2,500 feet to recover