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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo)

Soviet Union (1946)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter.

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Despite its impressive appearance - no doubt made possible by captured German research following World War 2 - the MiG-9 was a heavy aircraft prone to accidents.

The MiG-9 (NATO codename of "Fargo") was only the second attempt by the Soviet Union at designing and producing a viable jet-powered fighter platform. Design was undertaken by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Bureau and - though hardly a successful design - the MiG-9 formed the basis and forerunner to the excellent MiG-15 "Fagot" aircraft popularized by its use in the Korean War (1950-1953). With German turbojet design readily apparent in this Soviet addition, the MiG-9 was nevertheless produced in nearly 600 examples and in several variants.

There is little doubt that the MiG-9's appearance influenced the upcoming 1947 design of the MiG-15 - and future Mikoyan-Gurevich creations throughout the Cold War - as all were seen with the highly identifiable nose-mounted split-type intake (feeding the twin turbojets running about halfway into the fuselage) and high vertical tail surface. The cockpit of the MiG-9 was fielded forward as was the case with the MiG-15 and beyond. In an interesting note, the armament of the MiG-9 was equally indicative of its influence over the MiG-15 in that both sported a single 37mm cannon and twin 23mm cannons all in the nose. Whereas the MiG-9 Fargo was designed with straight wings, all later Mikoyan jets were fitted with swept-back wing designs. Power was derived from a pair of German-based BMW 003A turbojets masked as Soviet RD-20's.

Though development of the MiG-9 began in 1935, the prototype I-300 series was not to fly until 1946 with deliveries beginning in the last month of that year. By 1947, the aircraft was refitted with a more powerful RD-21 type engine in the MiG-9F though overall the series till proved to be a heavy aircraft to fly convincingly in combat when compared to the initial Soviet jet fighter attempt in the Yak-15. With turbojet design mechanics and tactics still in its relative infancy, the MiG-9 was also a design that was inherently prone to engine and airframe failures.
Any available statistics for the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) Specifications
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Soviet Union
Year: 1946
Type: Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter
Manufacturer(s): Mikoyan-Gurevich - Soviet Union
Production: 598
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 1
Length: 31.99 ft (9.75 m)
Width: 32.81 ft (10.00 m)
Height: 12.99 ft (3.96 m)
Empty Weight: 7,540 lb (3,420 kg)
MTOW: 11,177 lb (5,070 kg)

Installed Power
2 x RD-20 (BMW 003A) turbojet engines developing 1,746 lb of thrust each.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 566 mph (911 kph; 492 kts)
Maximum Range: 900 mi (1,448 km; 782 nm)
Service Ceiling: 44,291 ft (13,500 m; 8.39 mi)

1 x 37mm cannon extending from nose intake divider.
2 x 23mm cannon extending from under sides of nose intake.

Operators List
China; Soviet Union

Series Model Variants
• I-300 - Prototype Model Designation; fitted with German-type 2 x BMW 300A turbojets; first flight on April 24 of 1946.
• MiG-9 - Base Production Model Series Designation; limited production.
• MiG-9F - Fitted with uprated RD-21 turbojet engines.
• MiG-9FP - Prototype Model; revised weapons layout.
• MiG-9FL - Developmental Model fitted with Lyulka TR-1A engines.
• MiG-9FF - Prototypr Model; fitted with RD-20F OR RD-21 type engines with afterburning.
• MiG-9FR - Pressurization of cockpit; final production models.
• MiG-9UTI - Two-Seat Trainer Model
• MiG-9L - Prototype Testbed Aircraft