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Mikoyan, Mikoyan-Gurevich, or MiG (Russian: Микоян, Микоян-Гуревич or МиГ) is a Russian military aircraft manufacturer. It was formerly a Soviet design bureau, and was founded by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich as "Mikoyan-Gurevich." Upon Mikoyan's death, Gurevich's name was dropped from the name of the bureau. "MiG" is the bureau prefix.


List of MiG Aircraft


  • MiG-1, 1940
  • MiG-3, 1941
  • MiG-5
  • MiG-7, 1944
  • MiG-9, "Fargo", 1947
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-13, 1950
  • MiG-13 (aka MiG I-250 (N)), 1945
  • MiG-15, "Fagot", 1948, a contemporary of the F-86 Sabre and used widely in the Korean War
  • MiG-17, "Fresco", 1954
  • MiG-19, "Farmer", 1955, MiG's first supersonic fighter
  • MiG-21, "Fishbed", a contemporary of the F-4 Phantom II
  • MiG-23, "Flogger-A", 1974, a variable-geometry interceptor
  • MiG-25, "Foxbat", 1966, a Mach 3 interceptor
  • MiG-27,"Flogger-D/J", 1973, a ground-attack aircraft derived from the MiG-23,
  • MiG-29, "Fulcrum", 1983, comparable to the US F-16 Fighting Falcon.
  • MiG-31, "Foxhound" , 1983, a derivative of the MiG-25.
  • MiG-33, "Fulcrum", 1989, a glass cockpit version of the MiG-29.


  • MiG-8, 1945
  • MiG-110, 1995
  • MiG-I270, 1946
  • MiG-AT, 1992
  • MiG-35 MFI objekt 1.44/1.42 , 1986-2000

Never completed


MiGs were the best-known Soviet fighters during the Cold War, and as a result there are a number of fictional MiGs in Western popular culture.

  • The MiG-28 is a fictitious aircraft used in the 1986 movie Top Gun. They were portrayed by disguised F-5 Tiger II aircraft.
  • The MiG-31 "Firefox" was the subject of two novels (Firefox and Firefox Down) and a 1982 movie. To add to the confusion, the real MiG-31 "Foxhound" has an aerial search radar named "Foxfire."
  • The MiG-37 "Ferret-E" is a plastic model kit created by Italeri (also sold by Testors).

See also: List of military aircraft of the Soviet Union and the CIS

MiGs follow the convention of using odd numbers for fighter aircraft. So although the MiG-8 and MiG-110 exist, they are not fighters. The MiG-105 "Spiral" was designed as an Orbital Intercepter, whose contemporary was the USAF Dyna-Soar. The Spiral Project was cancelled however.

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External links

  • http://www.aviation.ru/MiG/
  • http://www.migavia.ru/eng/
  • Russian Aviation Museum MiG Pages (http://www.ctrl-c.liu.se/misc/ram/mikoyan.html)
  • Painting (http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/alvmaia/Mig/)



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