Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fighter)

General Information

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MAKE: Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau
NUMBER BUILT: 15,000+
MISSION: Fighter
NICKNAME: MiG; Fagot
Located in Hangar 79

Background

The Soviet Union developed the MiG-15 following World War II and the fighter entered service in 1949. In 1950, the Soviets began production of a version with added capability: the MiG-15bis had a more powerful engine and hydraulically boosted ailerons. During the Korean War, both versions of the MiG-15 operated extensively against United Nations forces. By 1952, the Soviets provided the MiG-15 (NATO code name “Fagot”) to a number of communist satellite nations, including North Korea.

A defecting North Korean pilot flew an advanced version of the MiG-15 to Kimpo Air Base in South Korea on September 21, 1953. The aircraft provided the NATO forces with important intelligence data. After considerable flight-testing, the United States offered to return the aircraft, but the offer was ignored by North Korea. In November 1957, it was relocated to the National Museum of the United States Air Force where it is available for public viewing.

Please visit “Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis” blog post for more information on this aircraft.

Characteristics

CONTRACTOR: Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau
DATE DEPLOYED: First flight, 1948; Operational 1949
PROPULSION: One 5,952-pound thrust Klimov VK-1 turbojet
SPAN: 10.08 m (33 feet 1 inches)
LENGTH: 35 feet 7 inches (10.8 m)
HEIGHT:12 feet 2 inches (3.7 m)
WEIGHT: 13,327 pounds (6045 kg)
MAXIMUM SPEED: 668 mph (1075 km/h)
CRUISING SPEED: 850 km/h (528 mph; 459 kn)
SERVICE CEILING: 50,800 feet (15.5 km)
RANGE: 1,156 miles (1860.4 km)
CREW: One
ARMAMENT: 2x NR-23 23 mm (0.906 in) cannon in the lower left fuselage (160 rounds in total)
1x Nudelman N-37 37 mm (1.457 in) cannon in the lower right fuselage (40 rounds total)
2x 100 kg (220 lb) bombs, drop tanks, or unguided rockets on 2 underwing hardpoints.

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