Mach Speed: MiG-21 Jet Cockpit Exhibit
See it in the Crossroads Gallery
July 23, 2016 through March 26, 2017
Get ready to look into the cockpit of a MiG-21 and imagine what it was like to fly the jet fighter at supersonic speeds at over 50,000 feet!
A rare two-seater jet cockpit will be the centerpiece of this special exhibit that includes a Soviet flight suit, gun sights, and an interactive control panel. Mostly made as a one-seater, the cockpit on display is an unusual two-seater version and will be the only one on public display in the U.S.
The MiG-21 originated in the former Soviet Union and was the first Soviet fighter jet capable of speeds over Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound. The jet had a reputation of being easy to fly and maintain. It had all manual controls with no onboard computers, instead relying on analog instrument panels that visitors will be able to see.
The MiG-21 is the most produced jet fighter in history, having served in the air forces of over 50 countries with some still in service today. The cockpit on display came from a jet flown by the Polish air force at the height of the Cold War, and among the exhibits is a video of the aircraft on its last flight before retirement.