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Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1 fighter


Ivanovich "Ayrtom" Mikoyan (Artem Mikoyan) and Mikhail Gurevich started their own design bureau after leaving Polikarpov. In 1939 they designed the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1 in 1939 to meet a Soviet Air Force Requirement.

The MiG-1 was constructed of steel tube and wood.


The wing on the MiG-1 was low in the fuselage.

Landing Gear

The landing gear were retractable.


The I-61 prototype flew in the spring of 1940 / March 1940.

The MiG-1 prototype, the I-200, was first flown on April 5, 1940. It took only 100 days from when the drawings were completed until it was built.

The prototypes showed poor characteristics but the MiG-1 was ordered for production.


  • Total: ~100, Estimated 2,100, 2,100
    • Manufacturer: State Industries


  • I-61: Prototype. Had Mikulin AM-35 inline engine (1,200 HP).
  • I-200: Prototype.
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1: Production model.


The MiG-1 entered service in April 1941, the same month as the improved MiG-3.


  Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-1
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Mikulin AM.35, Mikulin AM-34A
Cylinders Inverted V 12, V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP 1,200, 1,350
Propeller blades 3, 3 metal variable pitch
Fuel capacity  
Span 33' 9"
Length 26' 9"
Height 8' 6"
Wing area  
Empty 5,736 lb
2,602 kg
Loaded 6,834 lb
3,100 kg
Speed at sea level 302 mph
486 kph
Speed @ 22,960' 390 mph
Speed @ 23,620' /
7,200 m
390 mph
627 kph
Cruising speed  
Climb to 16,405' /
5,000 m
5.9 minutes
Service Ceiling 39,370'
Range 360 miles, 454 miles
730 km
Armament 1: 12.7 mm MG
2: 7.62 mm MG
Nose 1: 12.7 mm MG
2: 7.62 mm MG
Bomb 440 lb


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