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NTPS Welcomes New Ship to the Fleet
On January 17, 2018, NTPS accepted delivery of it’s newest aircraft, a two-seat MiG-21UM. The aircraft was ferried, in seven flights, from Wilmington Delaware by NTPS Vice President/COO Jim “JB” Brown. The aircraft is a segment of an ongoing program to update the NTPS fleet and provide unique training opportunities for Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer students. This particular aircraft began it’s career in the Czechoslovakian Air Force in 1972 and was imported to the United States in 1992. The MiG will undergo a brief down period for inspections and FAA approval, then will enter the curriculum. The MiG is an excellent example of 3rd Generation fighter aircraft flight controls and handling characteristics, which predate the highly augmented and fly-by-wire systems currently in use. In addition, it’s top speed of Mach 2.05 allows a flight envelope large enough to demonstrate the effects of transonic and supersonic speeds on the aircraft.