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    Walk AroundMiG-15 FagotBy Hans-Hei ri StapferColor by Don Greer

    Illustrated by David Gebhardt and Darren Glenn

    ~ Walk Around Number 40. squadron/signal publications

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    IntroductionIn early November 1950, United Nations fighter pilots over North Korea encountered a formida-

    hie, swept-wing high performance fighter, which was quickly identified as the Soviet-built MiG-IS.Almost overnight the name 'IVliG' became infamous in the West, as P-86 Sabres and lvliG-ISsclashed over 'MiG Alley.' The rvIiG-15 was the first jet tighter to be mass-produced by t he MiGD esig n B ure au (n am ed fo r th e tw o m en he ad ing th e b u rea u, A rrjo m Iv an ov ich M ik oy an an d MikhailIosifovicb Gurevich), and over the years the name 'MiG' has become virtually synonymous withSov ie t f igh t er s .During early 1947, work on the 'Project S' prototype began at State Aircraft Factory 1 atKuybyshev. The aircraft was designed as a fast climbing, heavily armed f ight er abl e to in ter cep t

    Am er ic an b om b er s a tt ac ki ng t he S ov ie t U n io n. T he f ir st p ro to ty p e, 'S -0 1, ' f ir st f le w f ro m Z hu ko vs kyai rf iel d (known as Ramenskoye in the West) on 30 December 1?47 with Viktor NikolaycvichYuganov at th e cont rol s.

    The first production MiG-lS made its maiden flight on 30 December 1948, exactly a year afterth e first flight o f th e S -O 1. prototype. Th e MiG-IS was powered by the 2,200 kg (4,850 Ib) thrust RD-45 turbojet engine, a Soviet-manufactured copy of the Rolls Royce Nene. Once NATO had identi-fied the MiG-15 as an operational tighter, it assigned the Air Standards Coordinating Committeer ep o rt in g n ame ' Fago t-A' to t he ai rcr af t

    A total of 1,:144 MiG-IS Fagot-As were produced between late 1948 and early 1950 by not lesst han fi ve St at e Aircraft Factories, when the type was phased out in favor of the improved MiG-15his'Fagot-B,' with a more powerful VK-l engine having a thrust of 2,700 kg (5,950 Ib), increased fuelc apaci ty, and enl arged speed brake s. By 1952 no fewer than 7,936 MiG-15bis tighter'S had been man-ufactured in t he S ov ie t U n io n.

    The MiG- IS and MiG-15bi s al so we re l ic ense-bui ll in Czechos lovak ia by the Letov and Aero fac-tories under the designation $-102 (Fagot-A) and S-103 (Fagot-B). A toral of 821 S-102s and 620 S-l03s were built between 1951 and 1957. In Poland, PZL manufactured 227 MiG-ISs (called Lim-Jin Polish Air Force service) and 500 I\1iG-15bis (known as Lim-2) from 1953 to 1956. In all, over17,000 MiG-ISs of all var iant s, i nclud ing the two -seat :MiG- ISUTI , were p roduced .

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    The MiG-15 has been called "The atrcrett.ot the soldier." It was indeed a pilot's airplanewith outstanding flight characteristics and was easy to maintain, even under the mostaustere front-line conditions. 'Red 1915' of the Polish Air Force was built by PZL

    (Panstwowe Zaklady Lo tnicze/State Aircra ft Factory) a t Mielec in Po land. A total of 500MiG-15bis were license-built in Poland under the designation Lim-2 (LicencyjnyMysliwiec 2 - License Fighter 2). 3

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    (Above) A l ine-up of Roman ian Air Force MiG-15bis manufactured by the Aero Vodochodyplant in the Ceskos lovenska Social is ticka Republ ica (Czechoslovak Social is t Republ ic).The Romanian Air Force used two-, three-, and four-digit tactical numbers on their MiG-15s and MiG-15bis.(Below) Czechoslovak-built MiG-15bis (5-103) of the 9. Stihaci Letecky Pluk (9th FighterRegiment) of the Letectvo Ceskoslovenske Lidove Armady (Czechoslovak Air Force) dur-ing a winter exercise. All aircraft are equipped with the PTB-260 slipper tanks. At the timea total of near ly 1,000 MiG-15s were operat ional in 18 Czechos lovak Fighter Regiments .

    (Above) 'Black 3244,' a Czechoslovak-built MiG-15bisR (serial number 613244) atPardubice Air Force Base in 1969. This parti cular Fagot-B of the Czechoslovak Air Forcecarries the crest of the city of Ostrava on the nose, a common marking on Fagots belong-ing to the 30. Sbolp "Ostravsky" (30th Fighter Bomber Regiment). The leading edge of thetail fin is painted blue. The MiG-15bisR - "R" stands for "Razvedchik" (reconnaissance)- carried only a single NR-23 cannon to port. The port inboard cannon was deleted tomake room for the AFA-1M vertical camera.

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    This Romanian Air Force pilot has just accomplished a mission. 'Red 1129' is a late pro-duct ion MiG-15bis equipped wi th two NR-23 23 mm cannons as evidenced by the bl is teredshell e jection ports.

    MiG-15 Fagot-As of the Romanian Air Force. The jet fighter nearest the camera is serialnumber 231767. The last three digits are repeated as a tactical number. The serial numberis painted on the upper nose covering, the blisters for the NS-23 KM cannon, and the nosewheel door. The serial number denotes that these MiG-15 Fagot-As were all built InVodochody, Czechoslovak ia, by Aero.

    A Romanian pilot climbs into his MiG-15 Fagot-A. The two-piece gun blast panel on thelower part of the nose is a t ypical feature of the Fagot-A and the early production batches ofthe MiG-15bis. The $-13 gun camera in the upper ai r intake l ip is sl ightly offset to starboard.

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    An impressive line-up of MiG-15bis Fagot-Bs of the Chinese People's Liberation Army AirForce, which designated the aircraft 'J-2.' AU aircraft carry large red four-digit tacticalnumbers. The national marking was applied on the rear fuselage as well on the wing

    upper and lower surface. All Fagot-As and -Bs operated by the Chinese People'sLiberation Army Air Force were supplied by the Soviet Union; the production of the J-2never took place in China.

    Food for Chinese Regiments in the Korean conflict was strictly rationed, and many Fagotpilo ts were chronicall y malnour ished. As a result , they suffered gravity-induced loss of con-sciousness in h igh-G maneuvers. This J-2 has received a locally applied camouflage, whichwas not uncommon for Fagot-Bs assigned to Aviat ion Regiments fighting over North Korea.

    A large Chinese contingent took part in the Korean War against United Nations forces. Inthe early stages of the conflict, the hastily trained MiG-15 pilots became easy prey for thewell-t ra ined American pilo ts. Many Chinese-operated J-2 Fagot-Bs, like these, received afront line-applied camouflage consisting of mottled green, brown and sand colors.

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    Albanian Fagot-Bs were built in the Soviet Union and initially deUvered to the Chinese AirForce, which added a smal l access hatch to the port side of the nose. '548,' based at KucovaAir Force Base, carr ies new markings introduced after the fal l of Communism in Albania.

    'Red 708,' a MiG-15bis (seria l number 31530708) of the 31. vadaszrepulc Ezred (31st FighterWing), Magyar legier ij (Hungar ian Air Force). This Fagot-B was del ivered to the Hungar ianAir Force in December 1952. Hungarian MiG-15s