Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 Fighter Jet Flight

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Aircraft Type History

In 1948, the Soviet MiG design bureau developed a high-performance jet fighter design called the I-310. It incorporated some advanced features, such as a 35-degree wing sweep, and it promised to be a sprightly performer. However, the design lacked one essential component: a suitable engine. This problem was resolved when the British government authorized the Rolls-Royce company to export their Nene turbojet engine to Russia. As soon as the Russian Klimov design bureau received the engines, they immediately developed their own copy of the Nene, called the Klimov RD-45. Within months, the first prototype of the I-310 had flown with the new engine. The aircraft was re-designated MiG-15 and entered service early in 1949.

Later in the year, the improved MiG-15bis version appeared and a two-seat trainer version, the MiG-15UTI, was also introduced. In 1950, Western air forces were surprised at the combat capability of the new design in the skies over Korea. The MiG-15 could out-climb, out-turn, and fly higher than the US-built F-86 Sabre. Fortunately, Allied pilots were better-trained and had better equipment installed in their aircraft, and they prevailed against the MiG.

The MiG-15 was eventually built under license in Czechoslovakia as the A-102, S-102, and two-seat CS-12; and in Poland as the LIM-1, LIM-2, and two-seat LIM-3 and SBLim-2. China also built many components of the airplane. As would be expected, many Warsaw Pact nations used the MiG-15, and after the introduction of the MiG-17 and MiG-19, the MiG-15 was retired as a fighter and became the standard advanced trainer of the Eastern Bloc. During its production run, over 17,000 MiG-15 variants were built by Warsaw Pact countries.

Our MiG-15’s History

Waterloo Warbird’s MiG-15 (serial number 1A10017) was built in 1954 and started its life as a single-seat aircraft. After entering service in Poland it was eventually converted to a two-seat trainer (SBLim-2, also categorized as a MiG-15 UTI) and powered by a Klimov VK-1A jet engine of over 5900 pounds of thrust. Our MiG served in this capacity until being retired in February of 1992, a remarkably long military career for a single-engined jet. It was then purchased by a company in the United States and was dismantled and shipped to Pennsylvania in 1993. It was issued registration N15LC and finally flew again in 1998. In 2009, the MiG was purchased by Viper North and the registration changed to N15VN. Viper North brought the MiG to Canada in 2013 and she soon thereafter became a member of our Waterloo Warbird fleet as C-FMVN.

Extensive maintenance has occurred in the years since, including a major rebuild of the braking system, replacing the old brakes with those normally installed in a T-33. This will allow for consistent stopping on shorter runways. C-FMVN, or “Natasha” as she has become known, finally took to the air again in late fall of 2018 and is destined to become a crowd favourite for years to come, as there are very few MiG-15s left flying. A flight in Natasha would be the penultimate in classic fighter jet experience for anyone!

The Technical Stuff

General Characteristics

  • Crew: one/two
  • Length: 10.11 m (32 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.085 m (33 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.7 m (13 ft 1.7 in)
  • Empty weight: 3724 kg (8208 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 6045 kg (13327 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Klimov VK-1 Tubojet, 26.5 kN (5950 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1015 km/h (548 kn, 630 mi/h)
  • Service ceiling: 14625 m (47970 ft)

Armament

  • Canon: 1x NR-23 23mm Canon w/ 80 Rounds
  • Flares: Electronically operated w/ red, green, white and yellow flares
  • Wing Hardpoints: 2x 100kg (220lb) bombs, drop tanks, or unguided rockets

    THE EXPERIENCE

    The only place in North America to fly a MiG-15!

    Your day starts with a safety briefing followed by a verbal test and question period. Then, you are off to pull on your flightsuit, (after a bathroom break) and prepare for your flight. You may be waiting prior to your flight depending on your time slot. You get to enjoy the excitement, sounds and seeing the crew and pilots prepare for flight, until your time slot arrives. The flight experience will last 30 minutes from taxi out to taxi in. The flight begins with a rumble of the jet engine start-up, a quick taxi out, and then lift off; your flight is underway!

    Operating at speeds up to 650km/hr and altitudes of up to 12,000ft you and your pilot will be at the controls of a beautiful, historic jet aircraft. During your flight you will be able to enjoy low level passes, overhead breaks, and aileron rolls; while feeling the onset of G’s as you are pressed into your seat.

    BUT, the flight is yours to experience. This is not a scripted routine. Once the wheels tuck up into the jet, the flight is between you and your pilot. Take it as it unfolds to determine your level of thrill. You are in constant contact with your pilot to share what works for you, and what does not.

    At the Pilot’s discretion you may be able to get a feel for the flight attributes of the jet and ‘take the stick’ for a moment. Do not take it personally should the Pilot decline. The Pilot is making the safest decisions based on numerous factors happening during the flight.

    After the flight it is time for pictures and a quick debrief with your pilot. You will be awarded your certificate.

    NOTABLES:

    All passengers MUST attend a safety briefing on the aircraft; to be held the morning of your flight.

    Safety Briefings begin at 0830. Please be at the hangar by 0815 latest. Flights will then take place in sequence.

    Please ensure you are dressed in or have packed comfortable clothes. These can be shorts or pants and a t-shirt. Cotton fiber is optimal.

    Ensure that you are wearing closed toe shoes. We have several flight suit sizes available; and will do our best to outfit you in one for your flight.

    In the event your flight is canceled due to poor weather or an aircraft mechanical snag we will work to reschedule your flight for our next available fly day.

    Family and friends are welcomed to join you on your day up to a maximum of 3 people. Please contact our booking agent for larger numbers.

    Weight and height restrictions are in effect due to the limiting size of the parachutes, seat straps, helmet, flight suit and cockpit dimensions. The passenger maximum weight limit is 250 lbs and height limited to a person no taller than 6’3″ The passenger minimum weight limit is dependent on the passenger’s ability to lift their own body weight, pull the ripcord of a parachute, and punch a hole through the canopy of the jet for emergency exit.

    The passenger is fully responsible for informing Waterloo Warbirds of any sizing variations that may impact the proper fit of safety equipment; including parachute, helmet or flight suit. There are a limited range of flight suit sizes available.

    If the passenger has a history, recent or current medical conditions like heart complications, or any other medical condition that may not withstand the force of 4 G’s, intensely hot environment, permit the passenger to be away from medical support for more than 30 minutes, or impede the passenger’s ability to remove themselves from a flying aircraft using their own strength; a doctor’s note is required in order to clear you for the flight; and said medical information provided to Director of Flight Operations ahead of time.

    All limitations are none negotiable unless a written deferral is obtained from the Director of Flight Operations prior to the flight.

    The passenger must attend and pass a safety briefing on the aircraft type that includes emergency egress training and verbal testing. They must also sign the backseat flight waiver in order to release the aircraft for flight. Additionally, photo and video release forms requiring signing for passenger, family and friends.

    Pilots have the right to refuse any flight due to safety concerns. Even if that passenger/person has a current backseat endorsement.

    Any Questions, please feel free to contact us at info@waterloowarbirds.com

    FLIGHT BRIEFING VIDEO

    coming soon!