MiGMan's Flight Sim Museum < www.migman.com >

Joe Gano (Warbirds of Delaware) has had over 400 hours in the MiG-21. In a 2017 issue of Flypast magazine he says:

  1. Takeoff is at 12 deg alpha.
  2. Turbulence from the wing hits the tail at 15 deg alpha
  3. This causes a pre-stall buffet that doesn't measurably increase all the way up to stall
  4. ... stall is at 36 deg
  5. if you are doing any kind of aggressive manoeuvering you are continually in buffet
  6. The MiG does not depart controlled flight in the normal sense
  7. It feels like it is still flying, but it is sinking like a rock and takes about 2,500 feet to recover