Chino Airshow 2006
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 Fagot

The initial design for the MiG-15 had everything but a suitable engine. Russia purchased Rolls Royce Nene turbojet engines and used it's design to produce the Klimov RD-45 that powered their new fighter. The MiG-15 entered service in 1949.  It came as a surprise how advanced it was when encountered by Western forces in Korea. It became the staple fighter for many Eastern Bloc nations during the cold war. Russia built over 8,000 of the MiG-15, while Poland and Czechoslovakia made additional ones. The first ones to appear in the hands of private collectors in the US was in the 1980s. Today, about 20 of these have been imported with about 15 still flyable in the United States. This MiG-15 belongs to the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino and was imported to the US in 1991.

Chino Airshow, 2006 Index


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