An illustrated history of MiG

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    RIA Novosti

    Seventy years ago, on December 8, 1939, Artyom Mikoyan was appointed head of KB-1 (Design Bureau) and deputy chief designer of Plant No. 1. That day is now celebrated as the founding date of the Mikoyan Design Bureau, currently part of the Russian aircraft building corporation MiG, and the birthday of MiG planes.

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    RIA Novosti Первенцев

    Mikoyan Design Bureau, one of the best known Russian design bureaus, has developed 450 combat planes since its establishment. Russia’s aircraft plants have built a total of 45,000 MiG planes, and 11,000 of them have been exported. Photo: Maintenance inspection of a MiG.

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    In 1940, the plant’s engineers, led by Artyom Mikoyan (jointly with Mikhail Gurevich), developed a MiG-3 modification. Between 1940 and 1941, the MiG-3 was produced on a mass scale and fought in the initial stages of World War II. The Russian ace pilot Alexander Pokryshkin flew one in his first battle.

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    RIA Novosti

    Artyom Mikoyan was one of the jet aviation pioneers in the U.S.S.R. After the war ended he began developing high-speed and supersonic tactical jet fighters, many of which had long production runs and were standard equipment in the Air Force. One of them was the MiG-9.
     
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    Fascinating. Carry on.

    For many years I used to think MiG 21's nose which looks like an orange cone used on road-construction sites was a protctive cover.
     
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    RIA Novosti Ю. Кравчук

    The MiG-15 and the MiG-17, which reached the speed of sound. Photo: a MiG-17 taking off.

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    RIA Novosti

    The MiG-19 (NATO reporting name Farmer) was the first mass-produced Russian supersonic fighter.

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    RIA Novosti К. Куличенко

    The MiG-21 featured a thin triangular wing and flew at twice the speed of sound.

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    RIA Novosti Марина Лысцева

    The last aircraft developed under Mikoyan was the MiG-23 fighter, the first in the U.S.S.R. to have wing variable sweep ...
     
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    You Forgot one of the Fastest and most illustrious Aircraft ever produced the MIG-25 FOXBAT :)

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    Last May (1997), an Indian Force (IAF) Mikoyan MiG-25RB Foxbat-B reconnaissance aircraft created a furore when the pilot flew faster than Mach 2 over Pakistani territory following a reconnaissance mission into Pakistan airspace. The Foxbat broke the sound barrier while flying at an altitude of around 65,000 feet, otherwise the mission would have remained covert, at least to the general public. The Pakistan Government considered the breaking of the sound barrier as deliberate: to make the point that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has no aircraft in its inventory which can come close to the cruising height of the MiG-25 (up to 74,000 feet).

    However, from one of PAF's Forward Operating Bases, radar traced the intruder and the F-16As scrambled. Sources in the PAF said that there was no need to intercept a plane flying at the altitude of 65,000 feet as the F-16 can reach an operating ceiling of 55,000 feet.........................

    General characteristics

    * Crew: One
    * Length: 19.75 m (64 ft 10 in)
    * Wingspan: 14.01 m (45 ft 11.5 in)
    * Height: 6.10 m (20 ft 0.25 in)
    * Wing area: 61.40 m² (660.93 ft²)
    * Empty weight: 20,000 kg (44,080 lb)
    * Loaded weight: 36,720 kg (80,952 lb)
    * Powerplant: 2× Tumansky R-15B-300 afterburning turbojets
    o Dry thrust: 73.5 kN (16,524 lbf) each
    o Thrust with afterburner: 100.1 kN (22,494 lbf) each

    Performance

    * Maximum speed:
    o High altitude: Mach 3.2[3] (3,500 km/h, 2,170 mph); Mach 2.83 (3,090 km/h, 1,920 mph) continuous engine limit[3]
    o Low altitude: 1,200 km/h (650 knots, 740 mph)[34]
    * Range: 1,730 km (1,075 mi) with internal fuel
    * Service ceiling: 20,700 m (with 4 missiles) (67,915 ft; over 80,000ft (24.4 km) for RB models)
    * Wing loading: 598 kg/m² (122.5 lb/ft²)
    * Thrust/weight: 0.41
    * Time to altitude: 8.9 min to 20,000 m (65,615 ft)

    Armament

    * 2x radar-guided R-40R (AA-6 'Acrid') air-to-air missiles, and
    * 2x infrared-guided R-40T missiles


    Vayu Sena - IAF MiG-25R incursion over Pakistan in 1997

    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    CHEERS !!
     
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    RIA Novosti Скрынников

    ... and the MiG-25 interceptor fighter, which flew at three times the speed of sound.

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    RIA Novosti Скрынников

    The 1970s saw the development of the MiG-31, an all-altitude long-range interceptor ...

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    RIA Novosti Павлов

    ... and the light multi-role MiG-29 fighter.

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    RIA Novosti Антон Денисов

    Aviation experts agree that this fighter was the best in its class at the end of the 20th century. The MiG-29’s high maneuverability and thrust to weight ratio enable it to jump-climb upwards, while its weapons control system makes it possible to acquire targets and use weapons both at ranges beyond visual limits and in close-in fight. Photo shows: the Swifts aerobatic team in MiG-29s.
     
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    RIA Novosti Антон Денисов

    A deck-based MiG-29K fighter during a demonstration flight at the 8th MAKS-2007 International Air Show in Zhukovsky, Russia.

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    RIA Novosti Майя Машатина

    A MiG-29OVT and a MiG-29K at MAKS-2007 International Air Show.

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    RIA Novosti Сергей Субботин

    The MiG-29K all-weather multi-role ship-borne fighter bomber.

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    RIA Novosti Илья Питалев

    A solo performance by a MiG-29 as the Swifts aerobatic team performed at MAKS-2009 International Air Show in Zhukovsky, Russia.

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    RIA Novosti Антон Денисов

    MiG-29 fighters of the Swifts aerobatic team during a demonstration flight at MAKS-2009 International Air Show in Zhukovsky, Russia.

    all pictures and captions posted from Pravda.Ru
     
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    MIG Alley"
    MIG Alley is the name given by U.S. Air Force pilots to the northwestern portion of North Korea, where the Yalu River empties into the Yellow Sea. During the Korean War, it was the site of numerous dogfights between U.S. fighter jets and those of the Communist forces, particularly the Soviet Union. The F-86 Sabre and the Soviet-built MIG-15 'Fagot' were the aircraft used throughout most of the conflict, with the area's nickname derived from the latter. Because it was the site of the first large-scale jet-vs-jet air battles, MiG Alley is considered the birthplace of jet fighter combat.


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    Single-seat MIG-15 version in the markings of the Polish Air Force

    The North Koreans began their war against South Korea on June 25, 1950 with a small, obsolescent air force of propeller-driven Soviet aircraft of World War II vintage flown by under-trained and inexperienced pilots. Once the United States committed its air power to the war, this force was rapidly shot out of the skies.
    For several months, U.S. F-80 Shooting Star and F-84 Thunderjet fighters, along with B-29 bombers and Navy and Marine aircraft, roamed the skies over North Korea virtually at will while the North Koreans and their Soviet and Communist Chinese backers argued behind the scenes over the best course of counter-action. By October, the Soviet Union had agreed to provide air regiments of state-of-the-art, Soviet-designed and built MIG-15 fighters, along with the trained crews to fly them. Simultaneously, the Kremlin agreed to supply the Chinese and North Koreans with their own MIG-15s, as well as training for their pilots.

    Secrecy

    For many years, the participation of Soviet aircrews in the Korean War was widely suspected by the United Nations forces, but consistently denied by the Soviet Union. With the end of the Cold War, however, Soviet pilots who participated in the conflict have begun to reveal their role.
    Soviet aircraft were adorned with North Korean or Chinese markings and pilots wore either North Korean uniforms or civilian clothes, to disguise their origins. For radio communication, they were given cards with common Korean words for various flying terms spelled out phonetically in Cyrillic characters. These subterfuges did not long survive the fury of air-to-air combat, however, and pilots were soon routinely communicating in Russian.
    Soviet MIG-15 regiments were based on Chinese fields in Manchuria, where, according to existing U.S. rules of engagement, they could not be attacked by U.S. forces. Many Soviet regiments underwent preliminary training at Soviet bases in the neighboring Soviet Maritime Military District. Soviet air defense troops also began to arrive along the Yalu, setting up radar installations, ground control centers, searchlights and large numbers of anti-aircraft guns to deter any attacks on the Chinese airfields.
    While U.S. pilots chafed at the restrictions imposed on attacking the MIG's Chinese airfields, it wasn't known until many years later that the MIG pilots themselves operated under tight restrictions. To preserve the fiction that Soviet pilots were not fighting in Korea, they were prohibited from flying over non-Communist-controlled territory or within 30 to 50 miles of the Allied front lines. (One Soviet pilot who was shot down in UN-controlled territory shot himself with his pistol rather than be taken captive. Another pilot who bailed out into the Yellow Sea was strafed to prevent him from being captured.) Nor could they pursue U.S. aircraft over the U.S.-controlled Yellow Sea.
    In spite of the restrictions, many U.S. pilots took advantage of a "hot pursuit" exception to flying over China to pursue MIGs across the Yalu River. Later, "hot pursuit" became active MIG hunting over Manchuria, with U.S. pilots maintaining a "code of silence" about the patrols. Flight leaders chose wingmen who would keep quiet, and many rolls of incriminating gun camera footage "mysteriously" disappeared.
    Legacy

    The MiG Alley battles produced many U.S. fighter aces. The top U.S. ace of the war, Capt. Joseph C. McConnell, claimed 16 MiGs, including three on one day. Hollywood immortalized him with The McConnell Story, starring Alan Ladd and June Allyson.[3] The second-highest-scoring U.S. ace, Maj. James Jabara, was the first U.S. jet-vs.-jet ace. Another ace, Frederick C. "Boots" Blesse, claimed nine MiG-15s in his F-86 Sabre[4] and later wrote No Guts, No Glory, a manual of air fighter combat that is still studied today.[citation needed]
    George Andrew Davis, Jr. became one of the first members of the new U.S. Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor after being killed while leading his section of two F-86s against 12 MiG-15s when he was trying to shoot them all down.
    According to other sources, however, the top two fighter aces over MiG Alley were actually MiG-15 Soviet pilots: Nikolay Sutyagin (claiming 21 aircraft) and Yevgeny Pepelyaev (claiming 19).
    Casualties and "kill" totals over MiG Alley remain highly controversial and possibly will always remain so. The Soviets claimed 1,106 United Nations planes of all types shot down by the VVS, including about 650 Sabres. (The USAF only admits to losing less than 200 aircraft in air combat.) The F-86 pilots, in turn, claimed 792 MiG-15s shot down, while B-29 gunners claimed a further 16. These numbers were later reduced to 379 MiGs. The Chinese PLAAF claimed only 85 kills.
    Over thirty Sabre pilots were claimed to have been shot down behind enemy lines and their fate has never been definitively established. Surviving pilots, captured and later repatriated after the armistice, reported being interrogated by Koreans, Russians, and Chinese. For years after the Korean War ended in 1953, rumors persist of pilots held captive by the Soviets.[5]
    A number of computer video games based on the combat in MiG Alley have been produced, amongst them:
    MiG Alley Ace, released by MicroProse in 1985. [1] [2]
    Sabre Ace, Conflict Over Korea: 25 June 1950-27 July 1953 London: Eagle Interactive/Virgin Interactive, 1997. Players can use a U.S. F-86 Sabre against the MiG-15 in the Korean War.
    MiG Alley Empire Interactive/Rowan Software, 1999. A combat flight simulator of Korean War.
    "Sabre vs MiG", one add-on packet for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 from Flight 1 Just Flight.
    "Korean Combat Pilot", add-on packet for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 1 and 2 from Just Flight.
    "Red Star" add-on for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2, a work produced by Fox Four CFS2 Korean War Project.

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    F-86 Sabre in flight.

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    The location of MiG alley

    MiG Alley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     

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