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|Length:||33 ft 3 5/8 in|
|Height:||11 ft 2 in|
|Wingspan:||33 ft 1 1/2 in|
|Armament:||One 37mm cannon plus two 23mm cannons plus rockets or 2,000 lbs of
|Gross Weight:||11,270 lbs max|
|No. of Engines:||1|
|Powerplant:||VK-1 (copy of British "Nene" Rolls Royce engine|
|Pounds of thrust:||6,000 lbs|
|Cruising Speed:||525 mph|
|Max Speed:||670 mph|
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was a jet fighter developed for the USSR by Artem
Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful
swept-wing jet fighters, and it achieved fame in the skies over Korea, where
early in the war, it outclassed all enemy fighters. The MiG-15 also served as
the starting point for development of the more advanced MiG-17 which would
oppose American fighters over Vietnam in the 1960s. The MiG-15 is believed to
have been one of the most numerous jet aircraft ever made, with over 12,000
built. Licensed foreign production perhaps raised the total to over 18,000. The
Mig-15 is often mentioned along with the F-86 Sabre in lists of the best fighter
aircraft of the Korean War and in comparison with fighters of other eras.
The MiG-15 shown above, with 273 painted on its side fuselage, was donated
by Jesse Siglow.