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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo)

Soviet Union (1946)
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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.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter.  Entry last updated on 5/18/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (566mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: Soviet Union
Service Year: 1946
Classification Type: Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter
Manufacturer(s): Mikoyan-Gurevich - Soviet Union
Production Units: 598
Global Operators:
China; Soviet Union
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
31.99 ft


Meters
9.75 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
32.81 ft


Meters
10 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
12.99 ft


Meters
3.96 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
7,540 lb


Kilograms
3,420 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
11,177 lb


Kilograms
5,070 kg

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

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
566 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
911 kph


Knots
492 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
900 mi


Kilometers
1,448 km


Nautical Miles
782 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
44,291 ft


Meters
13,500 m


Miles
8.39 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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

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Variants: 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