design bureau was formed at the beginning of World War II to
develop modern fighters for the Soviet Union. Its first big
success came directly after the war with the MiG-15 swept-wing
fighter that gave the west a shock when it appeared over the skies
of Korea in 1950.
MiG continues to be successful with what is
perhaps the most famous family of Russian jet fighters including the
MiG-21, the MiG-25 Foxbat and the MiG-29 Fulcrum.
Note: Following the Soviet method of
designating aircraft, Mikoyan-Gurevich was a
design bureau and not a manufacturer of aircraft. The Russian
aircraft industry is in the process of adapting itself to the new
economy by integrating design bureaus and production facilities.
A.I. Mikoyan design bureau founded.
1942: M.I. Gurevich's name added to the
design bureau to form the MiG design bureau.
1946: MiG designs the MiG-9, the first
Soviet turbojet fighter.
1955: MiG introduces the MiG-21; the most
widely operated supersonic fighter in the world.
1990s: MiG adapts to the new economy