DescriptionThe Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 is a jet fighter aircraft developed by Mikoyan-Gurevich for the Soviet Union.
The MiG-15 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-15; USAF/DoD designation: Type 14; NATO reporting name: Fagot) was one of the first successful jet fighters to incorporate swept wings to achieve high transonic speeds. In combat over Korea, it outclassed straight-winged jet day fighters, which were largely relegated to ground-attack roles, and was quickly countered by the similar American swept-wing North American F-86 Sabre.
The MiG-15 is believed to have been one of the most produced jet aircraft; in excess of 13,000 were manufactured. Licensed foreign production may have raised the production total to almost 18,000. The MiG-15 remains in service with the Korean People's Army Air Force as an advanced trainer.
For an extensive history of the desugn and development, and the 21 variants, click here.
Specifications below are for the MiG-15bis single seat fighter version.
Single seat version
Two seat version
- 10.102 m (33 ft 2 in)
- 10.085 m (33 ft 1 in)
- 3.7 m (12 ft 2 in)
- Wing Area:
- 20.6 sq m (222 sq ft)
- Wing Loading:
- 296.4 kg/sq m (60.7 lb/sq ft)
- Empty Weight:
- 3,681 kg (8,115 lb)
- 6,106 kg (13,461 lb) with 2x600 l (160 US gal; 130 imp gal) drop-tanks, Gross weight: 5,044 kg (11,120 lb)
- Fuel Capacity:
- 1,420 l (380 US gal; 310 imp gal) internal
- 1 × Klimov VK-1 centrifugal-flow turbojet, 26.5 kN (5,950 lbf) thrust
- Maximum speed: 1,076 km/h (669 mph, 581 kn) Mach 0.87 at sea level, 1,107 km/h (688 mph; 598 kn) / M0.9 at 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
- Cruise Speed:
- 850 km/h (530 mph, 460 kn) Mach 0.69
- Ferry range: 2,520 km (1,570 mi, 1,360 nmi) at 12,000 m (39,370 ft) with 2x600 l (160 US gal; 130 imp gal) drop-tanks
- Rate of Climb:
- 51.2 m/s (10,080 ft/min)
- Service Ceiling:
- 15,500 m (50,900 ft)