MiG-15 Fagot

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Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich, Russia
Designation: MIG-15
Nickname: Fagot
Type: Fighter
Length: 33 ft 3 5/8 in  
Height: 11 ft 2 in  
Wingspan: 33 ft 1 1/2 in  
Crew: 1  
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
Range: 500 miles  
Cruising Speed: 525 mph    
Max Speed: 670 mph    
Ceiling: 51,000 ft  


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.