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MiG-15 Fagot

Introduction:

From the end of the Second World War the USSR undertook a vast development program for modem jet-powered warplanes, and the first classic fighter to emerge was the swept-wing MiG-15, which flew in December 1947 as the 1-310 with a Rolls-Royce Nene II turbojet. The Nene was copied in the USSR as the RD-45, and in its improved RD-45F version this was used in the MiG- 15 production fighter, which entered service late in 1948.The MiG- 15 was extensively operated by the communist forces in the Korean War (1950-53), and its first-class performance and firepower came as a nasty surprise to the Western nations until ultimately the MiG- 15 and improved MiG- 15bis were equaled by the North American F-86 Sabre. Soviet production continued up to 1951 and was complemented by Chinese, Czechoslovak, and Polish production to build 5,000+ single-seaters and 3,000+ two-seaters.

MiG-15 Fagot Specification
Prime contractor: Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau
Country of origin: Soviet Union
NATO codename: Fagot
Function: Fighter
Crew: 1
Year: 1948
In-service year: 1949
Power plant: One Klimov VK-1 turbojet (copy of British Rolls-Royce RD45F “Nene” engine)
Thtust: 5,940lb. 2,700 kg.
Dimensions
Wing span: 33 ft. 1 in. 10.08 m.
Length: 35 ft. 6 in. 10.86 m.
Height: 12 ft. 1 in. 3.70 m.
Weight:
Empty 8,098 lb. 3,681 kg.
Max.takeoff 13,299 lb. 6,045 kg.
Performance
Ceiling: 50,840 ft. 15,500 m.
Speed: 665 mph. 1,070 km/h
Range: 497 miles (on internal fuel)
882 miles (with two fuel drop tanks)
800 km.(on internal fuel)
1420 km. (with two fuel drop tanks)
Armament
One N-37 NS-23 23mm cannons with 80 rounds per gun. Max. external weapons load of 500 kg. (1,100 lb.) of bombs, or drop tanks.
Known Variants
MiG-15bis, MiG-15UTI
Operators
Out of service
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