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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)


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The MiG bureau began the design of a swept-wing fighter to meet an urgent Soviet requirement for a high-performance turbojet fighter.  Problems with a suitable powerplant were solved when the British government allowed Rolls-Royce to export a batch of Nene turbojets.  The Klimov bureau quickly copied and improved the Nene engine allowing the first prototype to fly in 1947.

The combat debut of the MiG-15 was in Korea in 1950 shocking western air forces.  The only allied fighter in the same class was the North American F-86 Sabre.  The MiG-15 was given the NATO codename "Fagot".

Production probably totaled several thousand with Czechoslovakia and Poland building the type under license.

 
 Specifications (MiG-15bis)  Designations
 
Type: Fighter
Engines: one 5,952 lb (26.5 kN) thrust Klimov VK-1 turbojet
I-310: Initial design bureau designation
MiG-15: Standard designation
MiG-15UTI: Two-seat trainer version (NATO codename "Midget")
 
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page updated 11 February 2008

 

 

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