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MiG-3 with AM-38 Engine

Fighter (prototype)

Mikoyan, Gurevich

MiG-3

The main problem was engine overheating except in ambient temperatures below about 16°C (61°F). The aircraft was judged superior to the German Bf 109E and other Soviet fighters up to 4,000m (13,120ft), and time for a 360° turn was only 20-21 seconds. No production was possible, because all AM-38 engines were reserved for the Il-2. However, at least eighty damaged MiG fighters were re-engined with repaired AM-38 engines by VVS workshops. Some of these aircraft were modified with two 20mm ShVAK, with 100 rounds each, and sent to PVO (air defence) regiments. The reduced weights are not explained.


MiG-3 Specification
MiG-3*
#3839
MiG-3**
#3943
MiG-3
#3595
Crew 1 1 1
Dimensions
Length, m 8.25 8.25 8.25
Wing span, m 10.20 10.20 10.20
Wing area, m² 17.44 17.44 17.44
Powerplant
Engine AM-35A AM-35A AM-38
Power, hp 1350 1350 1600
Reduction 0,732 0,732 0,732
Airscrew AV-5L-123 AV-5L-123 AV-5L-110A
Weights
Empty weight     2,780
Loaded weight 3,299 3,299 3,325
fuel 335 335 330
Performance
Maximum speed, km/h at sea level 472 466 547
at altitude 621 615 592
m 7,800 7,800 3,400
Climb to 5000m, min 7,1 7,1 5,84/
4000
Climb to 8000m, min 12,4 12,4 -
Time of turn, sec/at altitude m - 22/1000
Service ceiling, m 11,500 11,500 -
Service range, km/
at altitude m
- 628/
7,250
-

* Without slats.

** With slats. With AV-5L-110 airscrew. The airplane has shown maximum speed near the ground 475 km/h and at the altitude 8100 m - 619 km/h. Taking - off and run have made 380 m and 415 m accordingly

Photo Description

The MiG-3 Fighter # 3595 with AM-38 engine

References

  • "The history of designs of planes in USSR 1938-1950" /Vadim Shavrov/
  • "Planes of Stalin falcons" /Konstantin Kosminkov and Dmitriy Grinyuk/
  • "The Soviet planes" /Alexander Yakovlev/