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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fighter)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fighter)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fighter)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fighter)

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fighter)

Snapshot
Nickname:
MiG; Fagot
Number Built:
15,000+
Make:
Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau
Mission:
Fighter
Location:
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.

Specs
Contractor
Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau
Deployment Date
First flight, 1948; Operational 1949
Span
33 feet, 1 inch
Length
35 feet, 7 inches
Height
12 feet, 2 inches
Weight
13,327 lbs
Max. Speed
668 MPH
Service Ceiling
50,800 feet
Range
1,156 miles
Crew
1