MiG for Zadorozhny collection ↑
The MiG over the frozen Siberian landscape, on its first air-to-air photographic session. Photo: Boris Osetinsky
On December 17, 2009, at Novosibirsk, Siberia, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 c/n 3872 completed its test schedule, and will be delivered to Moscow-based collector Vadim Zadorozhny when the winter weather subsides.
Recovered from a crash site near Zubstov, 120 miles north-west of Moscow, five years ago, the fighter has been restored by Boris Osetinsky's Aviarestoration Ltd, and made its first post-restoration flight in early November with test pilot Vladimir Barsuk at the controls. The machine has had its original Mikulin AM-35 engine replaced with an Allison V-1710.
Vadim Zadorozhny's impressive collection of airworthy Russian aircraft includes a 1930s Shavrov Sh-2 amphibian and several machines from the Polikarpov stable, including two I-15s, an I-16 Rata, Po-2, and an I-153 Chaika, which is due to arrive in Russia from the Alpine Fighter Collection in Wanaka, New Zealand, soon.
This is just a taster — see March's Aeroplane magazine for the full story and more pictures.
Michael's Marvel by Mark Sheppard // Aeroplane magazine, October 2007 ↑
Welcome back, comrade // FlyPast magazine, October 2007 ↑
MiG-3 Flies Again in Siberia // Aeroplane magazine, August 2007 ↑
THE FIRST FLIGHT of a MiG-3 in 62 years took place at Novosibirsk, Siberia, at the end of May, reports Mark Sheppard. The fighter, c/n 3457, is owned by Jerry Yagen of the Fighter Factory in Virginia Beach, USA, and is the second of six MiG-3 airframes recovered in 2000. Restored by Aviarestoration Ltd, the fighter is currently undergoing flight tests at Novosibirsk.
To ensure ease of operation and serviceability, the MiG is fitted with an Alison engine, which, happily, does not change the contours of the cowlings.
The aircraft's first public appearance should be at the MAKS 2007 airshow in Moscow during August, before c/n 3457 is crated up for the trip to Virginia Beach.
This MiG-3 is the second example of the previously extinct type to be rebuilt, the first, c/n 4958, having been completed in 2005 for Russian client (see News Feature, April 2006 Aeroplane).
That aircraft - which was lost within the first two months if the Great Patriotic War in 1941 - still remains grounded owing to problems with the original Mikulin AM-35 engine. Both aircraft were recovered from within the Arctic Circle.
A third MiG-3 is now also being rebuilt.
MiG-nificent! // Classic Wings magazine, Vol. 14 No 3 2007 ↑
MIG-3 : le trésor de la taïga // Le Fana de l'Aviation Magazine (France) No 447 ↑
Mikovan-Gurevich 3. Le faucon de Jerry // Le Fana de l'Aviation Magazine (France) ↑
The Fighter that Came in from the Cold by Mark Sheppard // Aeroplane magazine, April 2006 ↑
Russian Restorations by Paul Coggan // Aeroplane magazine, February 2004 ↑