Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA2419 MIG-15bis China Air Force (PLAAF), Chinese Aviation Museum

The MiG-15 (NATO name Fagot) was designed from information and technology gathered from captured WWII Germans. The main features of the Mig-15 were its simplicity and swept wings. The MiG-15bis was an improved single-seat fighter with better cannon, fuel capacity, avionics and a Klimov turbojet engine developed using an unlicensed Rolls-Royce Nene engine. All this was put in a strengthened airframe. The Allies were completely surprised when the Mig-15 arrived in Korea and quickly brought about the development of the F-86 Sabre.

Between 1950 and 1951 China’s PLAAF received 654 MiG-15 Fagot (bundle of wood) from the Soviet Union. Between 1952 and 1955 they imported 1,460 MiG-15bis along with 357 MiG-15UTI trainers between 1951 and 1958. In 1980 the last MiG-15 Fagot was retired followed by the MiG-15bis in 1986. Some of these retired aircraft were converted to tandem trainers and the last MiG-15UTI was withdrawn from service in 1986. This particular aircraft can be seen at the China Aviation Museum Datangshan, just outside Beijing.

Specifications (MiG-15bis)
Country of origin - USSR
Manufacturer - Mikoyan-Gurevich
Role – fighter/interceptor
Crew – 1 X pilot
Engine - 1 X 5,952 pound thrust Klimov VK-1 turbojet Maximum Speed at Sea Level - 668mph (1,075km/hr) Ceiling - 50,855ft. (15.5km) Range - 1,156miles (1860km)
Empty - 8,115lbs. (3,681kg) Max Takeoff - 13,327lbs. (6,045kg)
Wing Span – 33ft. 0.75in. (10,08m) Length – 35ft. 7.5in. (10,86m) Height – 12ft. 1.75in. (3,70m)
1 X 37-mm N-37 cannon 2 X 23-mm NS-23 or NR-23 cannon Up to 1,100 pounds of mixed stores on under-wing hard-points