The Mikoyan design bureaux took to creating jet fighters at the close of the second world war. The Mig-15 came as a result of Britain giving 4 Nene engines to the Soviets soon after the close of hostilities. The Soviets made copies of the engines and developed the design well into the 1960's, as did the Chinese. The Mig-15 first saw service in the hands of Soviet pilots over North Korea. It was an agile fighter with few peers. The Mig-17 and 19 were developments of the basic Mig-15 design.
It was not until the Mig-21 came out that a totally new platform was seen. The Mig-21 became the most numerous jet fighter aircraft of all time. It was exported widely, and is still in service to this day. It is a mach-2 fighter, of diminutive size. It was a highly maneuverable aircraft and one that served many roles.
The Mig-23 and 27 were based on the same airframe, and intended as modern replacements to the Mig-21. The 23 was the interceptor model and the 27 was a ground attack model. Exported to many countries it has not made the same mark as its forbare.
The Mig 25 (NATO code name Foxbat) is the stuff of novelists dreams. It was developed as the Soviet answer to the American XB-70 Bomber, so one of it's design goals was Mach-3 performance. It flew high and fast enough there were always rumours about un-opposed West European overflights. In the 1970's a Foxbat pilot (Belenko) fled the Soviet Union bringing his plane with him, landing in Japan. The US intelligence people had a field day. Some of the myth was blown away, but the Mach-3 performance, while being shown to be a short dash, still remained to inspire. The Mig-31 is a development of the Mig-25 with additional range. These are often used as reconnaissance aircraft.
The Mig-29 is the most recent of the Mikoyan family. It is a sleek F-16 class fighter, with maneuverability to spare. It is one of the only Russian aircraft to serve in NATO, former East European countries flying them.
A MIG 15 at the New England Aircraft museum, CT. (Aug 2001)
MIG 15 at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Haze annex, VA. (Feb 2004)
MIG 15 at the USAF Museum Dayton, OH. (Oct 2004)
MIG 17 at the USAF Museum Dayton, OH. (Oct 2004)
MIG 21 at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Haze annex, VA. (Feb 2004)
MIG 21 at the USAF Museum Dayton, OH. (Oct 2004)
MIG 21. USS Intrepid, New York, NY. (2002)
Mig 23 / 27
A MIG 23 at the USAF museum in Dayton, Ohio. (Sept 2001)
MIG 23 at the USAF Museum Dayton, OH. (Oct 2004)
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