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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo)


Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter


Soviet Union | 1946



"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."



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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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter.
2 x RD-20 (BMW 003A) turbojet engines developing 1,746 lb of thrust each.
Propulsion
566 mph
911 kph | 492 kts
Max Speed
44,291 ft
13,500 m | 8 miles
Service Ceiling
900 miles
1,448 km | 782 nm
Operational Range
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Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter.
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Crew
32.0 ft
9.75 m
O/A Length
32.8 ft
(10.00 m)
O/A Width
13.0 ft
(3.96 m)
O/A Height
7,540 lb
(3,420 kg)
Empty Weight
11,177 lb
(5,070 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
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Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter .
STANDARD:
1 x 37mm cannon extending from nose intake divider.
2 x 23mm cannon extending from under sides of nose intake.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo) family line.
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
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Fargo). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 598 Units

Contractor(s): Mikoyan-Gurevich - Soviet Union
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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (566mph).

Graph Average of 563 MPH.
Era Crossover
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Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
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Production Comparison
598
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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