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Mikoyan Design Bureau MiG-21 and MiG-23 questions please?

Pioneer

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G'day all

This Easter weekend, I've been going through some old magazine collections.

Whilst flicking through Airplane series Part 5, (1990) which principly covers the Mikoyan MiG-23 'Flogger', I couldn't help notice:
-"Mikoyan studied but never flew a 'swing-wing' MiG-21"

-"The MiG-23's engine has already been mentioned, and many versions of MiG-23 and MiG-27 have provision for assisted take-off booster rockets to be attached on each side of the rear fuselage"

(Source: Mikoyan MiG-23 'Flogger'. Airplane Part 5, 1990. ORBIS)

I can't say I've ever seen anything to do with either this 'studied swing-wing MiG-21', nor the MiG-23 fitted with 'assisted take-off booster rockets'
statements.
Has anyone got any drawings or Mikoyan Design Bureau (OKB) models of these swing-wing MiG-21's or pictures of a MiG-23 fitted with or taking off with these assisted take-off booster rockets?

Many thanks in advance.

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They would have to exist in order to show you those.

The "booster rockets" was a misintepretation of the rear fuselage pylon attachments on the MiG-23BN/-27 probably by Bill Gunston (he repeats it in several publications). No idea where the swing wing MiG-21 idea comes from.

Seriously, it's a partwork by Aerospace Publishing, using updated content from their earlier History of Avation (1982-85) and Warplane (1985-88) partworks. I wouldn't take anything on Soviet aircraft very seriously, it predates any access to real sources, and is a "design-to-cost" product. I worked there for a couple of weeks work experience, World Air Power Journal was their "serious effort" publication.
 
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They would have to exist in order to show you those.

The "booster rockets" was a misintepretation of the rear fuselage pylon attachments on the MiG-23BN/-27 probably by Bill Gunston (he repeats it in several publications). No idea where the swing wing MiG-21 idea comes from.

Seriously, it's a partwork by Aerospace Publishing, using updated content from their earlier History of Avation (1982-85) and Warplane (1985-88) partworks. I wouldn't take anything on Soviet aircraft very seriously, it predates any access to real sources, and is a "design-to-cost" product. I worked there for a couple of weeks work experience, World Air Power Journal was their "serious effort" publication.
Thanks for your insight Paul.
I thought I should have seen something along the lines of infomation on a 'swing-wing' MiG-21 study on this informative forum sometime ago, if such a design study existed.

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Maybe this isn't related to the topic, but, would a swing-wing MiG-21 be possible? I highly doubt it, due to the MiG-21's relatively small airframe, the hinge might not fit, but, would it work?
 
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