Designation: MiG-15bis


Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis (LIM-2) Fagot

A picture of the MiG-15bis Fagot

The MiG-15 came as a great surprise to the Western nations when they first encountered it during the Korean War.  It was much more advanced and capable than the West had believed possible and proved to be more than a match for virtually all the Western fighters except for the F-86 Sabre.  The MiG-15s engine was a direct copy of the British designed Rolls-Royce Nene engine, samples of which had been bought from England in 1946.   The Fagot first flew in 1948.  A total of 16,085 MiG-15 were built in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and China as well as in Russia.  In all 38 different countries used the aircraft.

Service History

Built by the Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjneo (WSK) factory in Mielec, Poland.  The aircraft’s history with the Polish Air Force is only partially known.

December 1961           45th Fighter Regiment.

October 1964              2nd Fighter Regiment.

April 1978                   61st Combat Training Regiment.

Acquired by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s and flown by civilian contractors for research projects conducted by the Defense Test and Evaluation Support Agency at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Apparently retired to storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona around 1990.

July 1992                     Loaned to the Pima Air & Space Museum by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Wingspan 33 ft 1 in.


Length 33 ft 1 in.


Height 12 ft 2 in.


Weight 11,120 lb (loaded)


Max. Speed 649 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 50,853 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 771 miles


Engines One Klimov Vk-1 turbojet with 7,452 pounds of thrust


Crew 1



Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Air Force (North Korea), 1952



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