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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Kenneth H. Rowe North Korean defector from the Korean War.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kenneth H. Rowe(born No Kum-sok; Korean Jan. 10 1932) speaks to visitors at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Jan 18, 2018. Rowe is a Korean American engineer and aviator who served as a Mig-15 pilot in the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force during the Korean War. Rowe defected to South Korea flying into Kimpo Air Field in the Mig-15 aircraft that is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Kenneth H. Rowe North Korean defector from the Korean War.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kenneth H. Rowe(born No Kum-sok; Korean Jan. 10 1932) poses for a photograph at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Jan 18, 2018. Rowe is a Korean American engineer and aviator who served as a Mig-15 pilot in the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force during the Korean War. Rowe defected to South Korea flying into Kimpo Air Field in the Mig-15 aircraft that is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Kenneth H. Rowe North Korean defector from the Korean War.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kenneth H. Rowe(born No Kum-sok; Korean Jan. 10 1932) poses for a photograph at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Jan 18, 2018. Rowe is a Korean American engineer and aviator who served as a Mig-15 pilot in the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force during the Korean War. Rowe defected to South Korea flying into Kimpo Air Field in the Mig-15 aircraft that is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Kenneth H. Rowe North Korean defector from the Korean War.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kenneth H. Rowe(born No Kum-sok; Korean Jan. 10 1932) speaks to visitors at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Jan 18, 2018. Rowe is a Korean American engineer and aviator who served as a Mig-15 pilot in the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force during the Korean War. Rowe defected to South Korea flying into Kimpo Air Field in the Mig-15 aircraft that is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Kenneth H. Rowe North Korean defector from the Korean War.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kenneth H. Rowe(born No Kum-sok; Korean Jan. 10 1932) speaks to visitors at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Jan 18, 2018. Rowe is a Korean American engineer and aviator who served as a Mig-15 pilot in the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force during the Korean War. Rowe defected to South Korea flying into Kimpo Air Field in the Mig-15 aircraft that is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 dataplate view in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

 

The Soviet Union developed the MiG-15 following World War II and the fighter entered service in 1949. By 1952 the Soviets provided the MiG-15 (NATO code name "Fagot") to a number of communist satellite nations, including North Korea. In 1950 the Soviets began production of a more capable version, the MiG-15bis. The MiG-15bis used a more powerful engine and hydraulically boosted ailerons. During the Korean War, both versions of the MiG-15 operated extensively against United Nations forces.

A defecting North Korean pilot flew the airplane on display to Kimpo Air Base in South Korea on Sept. 21, 1953. The airplane provided important intelligence data, especially since it was the advanced version of the MiG-15. After considerable flight-testing, the U.S. offered to return the airplane to its "rightful owners." The offer was ignored, and in November 1957 it was transferred to the museum for public exhibition.

TECHNICAL NOTES: 
Armament: Two 23mm cannons and one 37mm cannon plus rockets or 2,000 lbs. of bombs
Engine: Klimov VK-1 of 6,000 lbs. thrust (developed from the British Rolls-Royce "Nene" engine)
Maximum speed: 670 mph
Range: 500 miles
Ceiling: 51,000 ft. 
Span: 33 ft. 1 1/2 in.
Length: 33 ft. 3 5/8 in.
Height: 11 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 11,270 lbs. maximum
Serial number: 2015357

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