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MiG-13

Introduction:

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-13 was a Soviet fighter aircraft developed as part of a crash program in 1944 to develop a high-performance fighter to counter German turbojet-powered aircraft such as the Messerschmitt Me-262. The Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau decided to focus on a design that used something more mature than the jet engine, which was still at an experimental stage in the Soviet Union, and chose a mixed-power solution with the VRDK motorjet powered by the Klimov VK-107 V12 engine. While quite successful when it worked, with a maximum speed of 820 km/h (510 mph) being reached during trials, production problems with the VRDK fatally delayed the program and it was canceled in 1948 as obsolete.

MiG-13 Specification
Prime contractor: Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau
Country of origin: Soviet Union
Function: Fighter
Crew: 1
Year: 1945 (I-250)
In-service year: 1947
Power plant: One 1,650 hp. Klimov VK-107R 12-cylinder radial liquid-cooled engin
nd Khalshchevnikov VRDK booster
Dimensions
Wing span: 31 ft. 2 in. 9.50 m.
Length: 26 ft. 9 in. 8.19 m.
Height: 10 ft. 1 in. 3.08 m.
Weight:
Empty 6,457 lb. 2,935 kg.
Max. takeoff 8,096 lb. 3,680 kg.
Performance
Ceiling: 39,000 ft. 11,900 m.
Speed: 513 mph. 825 km/h.
Range: 1,129 miles 1,818 km.
Armament
One VYa-23 23mm cannon and two UBS 12.7mm machine guns, or three B-20 30mm machine guns
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