Special Sub-Topic: The alMiGhty MiG!
|What does the MiG abbreviation stand for?|
Mikoyan-Gurevich. The name comes from the two founders, Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich.
|When was the company MiG founded?|
1939. More exactly in December 1939, not long after the outbreak of Word War II.
|What type of aircraft(s) does MiG primarily design?|
fighter planes. They do produce non-fighter planes too, for example the MiG-23/27 is a ground-attack (Close Air Support) aircraft.
|Who was the original designer of the I-200 (which later became the MiG-1) back in June 1939?|
Polikarpov. Antonov founded his design bureau in 1946. Although Sukhoi was founded in 1939 they didn't design this fighter. Work on the model was started by Polikarpov in June 1939.
|The first fighters designed by MiG were subsonic. They produced their first supersonic fighter in 1955. Which was it?|
MiG-19. Actually the MiG-19 was the first supersonic fighter in the whole Soviet Union. Its top speed (in level flight) was 1,455 km/h (909 mph).
|Belonging to the Eastern Bloc, MiG planes received NATO reporting names, starting with "F". One of the most famous is "Fulcrum"; but which 1980s fighter got this nickname?|
MiG-29. This great plane, appeared in 1983, is comparable to the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F/A-18 Hornet.
|The MiG-21 has quite a peculiar NATO name. What could it be?|
Fishbed. Farmer is the MiG-19, Fargo is the MiG-9 and Fagot is the MiG-15.
|Which of the following is the last MiG fighter to have its air inlet opening in the aircraft's nose? (Hint: this fairly old model is still used in Romania.)|
MiG-21. The MiG-21 entered service in the Soviet Union back in 1958. In its time it was one of the fastest planes around, being capable of speeds above Mach 2! Half a century later it's still being used for training... talk about durability!
|MiGs used a large variety of air-to-air missiles, most of which also have nicknames. Three of the following are actual missile nicks. Which one isn't?|
Arcane. The Aphid (R-60) is used by almost every MiG fighter (since 1974 til the present moment). The Archer (R-77) is the most modern short-range air-to-air missile the Russians have. The Apex (R-23) is out of service, being upgraded to R-24.
|Which MiG has two seats, one for both pilot and operator?|
MiG-31. The other models only have two seats in training versions, for pilot and student.
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