MIG: AIRCRAFT SINCE 1939


MIG: AIRCRAFT SINCE 1939

RUDOLPH HÖFLING    Book Number: 86974    Product format: Paperback

The MiG aircraft company was formed in 1939, named after its chief engineers Mikoyan and Gurevich, and confined itself with a few exceptions to fighter planes, initially to counter the German Messerschmitts when the USSR entered World War II. This volume in the Pen and Sword Factfile series is a photographic record of every MiG plane between 1939 and 2011, including specifications and operational history. Evacuated to Siberia in 1940 before the advance of the Wehrmacht, the company returned to Moscow in order to develop the MiG-1, which was quickly replaced by the MiG-3 when its tendency to tailspin and overheat became apparent. MiG-4 was an armoured single-seat monoplane intended for dive-bombing but the technology was moving so fast that even its successor, the MiG-6 biplane, was also soon a thing of the past. In 1946 the Soviet leadership asked for a new jet fighter to reach a speed of 0.9 Mach and be able to take off from unmade airstrips. The MiG-15 was soon under way, initially with some Rolls Royce components. A colour photo from 1949 shows an impressive line-up as the first MiG-15s were delivered to the Soviet air force, and their performance capabilities came as an unpleasant surprise in Europe. In the late 1950s the need for "heavy fighters" emerged, with the E-152-1 breaking a world speed record in 1962, eventually morphing into the formidable MiG-25, exported to the near east in the 70s and worldwide in the 21st century version MiG-29. 127pp, paperback, glossary, production figures, colour photos on most pages.
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ISBN 9781783831708
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