Book Review: MiG-15 in action
A review of the Squadron/Signal book
Klimov VK-1 Turbojet
The VK-1 was used to power the MiG-15, MiG-17, and Ilyushin's IL-28 Beagle light bomber. The design was lifted directly from a batch of Rolls-Royce Nenes exported to the USSR in the late 1940s
VK-1 MiG-15 engine
Cutaway diagram: "Design Details: Russia's MiG-15" Aviation Week April 2, 1951 p.32
Photo: MiG-15 after crash-landing on Formosa. Air Pictorial May 1960 p.170
Large photo showing the cockpit details of a defecting MiG-15. Air Progress Fall 1962 p.73
Color profiles showing MiG-15bis aircraft of the VVS, North Korea, PLAAF, and Hungary. Air International June 1985 p.326 This is also a two-page MiG-15bis cutaway drawing.
Book Review: MiG-15 in action
Produced in vast numbers for a postwar design, the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was easily one of the most advanced fighters of its day, dominating straight-winged US jet fighters such as the F-80, F-84, and F9F; only the arrival of the F-86 Sabre allowed the USAF to mount an effective counter over Korea. Widely exported and built under liscense, MiG-15s went on to fight in numerous smaller wars, and in the two-seater MIG-15UTI configuration would serve into the 1980s.
Some highlights of this book by Hans-Heiri Stapfer:
Czech aircraft after belly-landing in Bohemia
early aircraft with underwing RATO
scrap diagrams - drop tank development
MiG-15S escort fighter
MiG-15U ground attack fighter with 30mm cannon
*SP-1 all-weather interceptor: 2 photos
* SP-5 interceptor with Izumrud radar, 2 photos
* MiG-15Bis Fagot-B (Project SD)
Cuban, Algerian, and Hungarian aircraft
Polish MiG-15bis after defecting
Egytpian Air Force MiG after forced landing
10 color profiles, including:
defecting Polish aircraft
PLAAF aircraft in Korea
Romanian aircraft with arrow markings
Polish Aviation Institute aircraft
Hungarian camouflaged MiG-15bis
Yemen Arab Republic Air Force MiG-15bis
Cuban MiG-15UTI in camo
East German (Czech-built) MiG-15UTI
MiG-15bis with Tu-4 tanker
side-view drawings of armament variations - MiG-15UTI / CS-102 / SBLim-2M
ejection seat testbeds
MiG-17 walk around
MiG-17 pilots did not have as clear a view to their rear as their F-86 counterparts did, but the Fresco did have a large rearward looking periscope to provide some coverage to the aft.
MiG-17 Cannon Installation
Unlike many of the US aircraft it would encounter in the skies over North Vietnam, the MiG-17 had a heavy internal gun armament, consisting of a single N-37 37mm cannon with 40 rounds, and a pair of Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 23mm weapons with 80 rounds per gun.The MiG-17 was equipped with the ASP-4N gunsight that was directly derived from a US system salvaged from a downed F-86.
MiG-17F walk around
MiG-17F walk around - tail
"Egypt: An Air Power in Transition, Pt.II" Air International May 1982. Includes several photos of Egyptian MiG-17Fs.
"Tientsin Time Capsule - A Visit to a Chinese Air Base" Air International January 1983. Includes several JJ-5/FT-5 photos
Photo: Sri Lankan AF MiG-17F CF-903 Air International March 1983 p.150
First flown in 1950, MiG's I-320 built on the bureau's MiG-15 experience, but was a very different aircraft, intended as a heavy interceptor carrying the Izumrud radar. The first prototype, with side by side crew seating, had twin RD-45F engines, but the last two aircraft replaced these with more powerful VK-1s. A tri of N-37 37mm cannon gave the I-320 a heavy punch, but the type was passed over and no production examples were built, as the Yak-25 Flashlight was chosen for service instead.
A detailed build article using the 1/72 MiG-15/J-2 kit from DML, producing a camouflaged aircraft.
An interesting collection of 1/72 scale MiG-15UTI kits from Hobby Boss, including one example finished as an ejection seat testbed aircraft
Tamiya 1/48 scale MiG-15
Building the Tamiya kit as an Hungarian aircraft