This fighter paper model E-8/1 aircraft was manufactured on January 1962 and on 13 June it performed the maiden flight controlled by test pilot G.K.Mosolov. 25 flights were carried out on the aircraft basically on the program of power plant development and provision of stable operation of R-21F-300 engine. On 11 September the E-8/1 aircraft was crashed and destroyed. The cause of accident was disk destruction of the sixth stage of engine compressor with subsequent destruction of both hydraulic systems and fuel tank resulted in control loss and aircraft fire.
The E-8/2 aircraft was manufactured on May 1962 and on 22 June was handed over for factory flight tests. On 29 June the maiden flight was performed by test pilot A.V.Fedotov. 11 flights were carried out. After completion of the theme the E-8/2 aircraft was used to develop the future MiG-23.
|First flight||17 april 1962|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Length, m||без ПВД||14,7|
|Wing Span, m||7,15|
|Take-off weight, kg||8200|
|Empty weight, kg||5670|
|Internal fuel, kg||3200|
|Engines||1 Turbojet R-21F-300|
|Thrust in afterburner, kgf (kN)||1х7200 (1x70.6)|
|Max. speed, km/h (M=)||2230 (2,1)|
|Practical ceiling, m||20000|
|Missiles||R-3S or R-23T|