The MiG 15 UTI

The Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-15) was a jet fighter developed for the USSR by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful swept wing jet fighters, and it achieved fame in the skies over Korea, where early in the war, it outclassed all straight-winged enemy fighters in most applications. The MiG-15 also served as the starting point for development of the more advanced MiG-17. The MiG-15 is believed to have been the most widely produced jet aircraft ever, with over 12,000 built. Licensed foreign production perhaps raised the total to over 18,000. The MiG-15 is often mentioned along with the North American F-86 Saber as among the best fighter aircraft of the Korean War and in comparisons with fighters of other eras.

Operational History


Under Construction

Our MiG 15 Today


Our MiG 15 UTI is sitting in Mesa AZ, waiting patiently for restoration


She's a 1954 Polish MIG 15 UTI, who was imported into the US in the 1990s, previously restored with love, by Bob Reid of Royal Aviation.  We were lucky enough to acquire her and can't wait to start showing her off on the airshow circuit!




The End Result (We Hope)


This is what we hope our MiG 15 looks like post restoration.   The picture is of Red Star Aviation Museum's MiG 15 UTI.

Specifications (MiG15 UTI)


General characteristics

  • Crew: MiG-15bis=1, MiG-15UTI=2

  • Length: 33 ft 2 in

  • Wingspan: 33 ft 1 in

  • Height: 12 ft 2 in

  • Wing area: 221.74 ft²

  • Empty weight: 7,900 lb

  • Loaded weight: 10,935 lb

  • Max. takeoff weight: 13,460 lb

  • Fuel capacity: 364 US gal

  • Powerplant: 1 × Klimov VK-1 turbojet, 5,950 lbf


  • Maximum speed: 668 mph

  • Cruise speed: 530 mph

  • Range: 815 mi, 1,230 mi with external tanks

  • Service ceiling: 50,850 ft

  • Rate of climb: 9,840 ft/min

  • Wing loading: 49.3 lb/ft²

  • Thrust/weight: 0.54


  • 2x NR-23 23mm cannons in lower left fuselage (80 rounds per gun, 160 rounds total)

  • 1x Nudelman N-37 37 mm cannon in lower right fuselage (40 rounds total)

  • 2x 100 kg (220 lb) bombs, drop tanks, or unguided rockets on 2 underwing hardpoints.

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