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MiG-1 file photo [2135]


Primary RoleFighter
Maiden Flight5 April 1940


ww2dbaseThe MiG-1 fighters were designed in response to the requirement of Jan 1939. Initially named I-200, the design focused on keeping the weight low, profile minimal, and the max speed high. In Nov 1939, Nikolai Polikarpov's original design was given to Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich, who took the credit for the design when the prototype flew on 5 Apr 1940. The first I-200 fighters entered service in the fall of 1940. Pilots commented that they were fast but difficult to maneuver, which led to a modified design that entered production on 29 Oct 1940; the modified design also boasted a larger fuel tank which provided a longer range. On 9 Dec 1940, a new naming convention took effect, which formally christened them with the new name of MiG-1.

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MachineryOne Mikulin AM-35A liquid-cooled V-12 engine rated at 1,350 hp
Armament1x12.7mm BS machine gun, 2x7.62mm ShKAS machine guns
Span10.20 m
Length8.16 m
Height2.62 m
Wing Area17.50 m²
Weight, Empty2,602 kg
Weight, Loaded3,099 kg
Weight, Maximum3,319 kg
Speed, Maximum657 km/h
Rate of Climb16.80 m/s
Service Ceiling12,000 m
Range, Normal580 km

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1. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
5 Mar 2009 05:25:25 PM

Aircraft could be the one of three prototypes of the Mig-1 which entered flight testing in 1940 without armament. That's all the information that I have.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
26 Apr 2011 07:46:11 PM

Photograph of the third prototype of the
Mikoyan-Gurevich I-200 later changed to the
Mig-1 in December 1940.
Production aircrft were armed with 2x7.62mm
ShKAS machine guns and 1x12.7mm UBS machine gun, all located in the nose.
The Mig-1 entered service with the (VVS) or Soviet Air Force in 1941 most were lost in combat, during the German Invasion of the USSR, Operation Barbarossa June 22,1941.
Number built 100 plus the 3 prototypes the survivors were retired in 1944.

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