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Line-up including MiG-15bis 5-61 at Kucove in
May 2006. (photo, Chris Lofting)

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-15bis/Shenyang F-2 * Retired *
18 Soviet-built MiG-15bis delivered in crates aboard ship on 31 January 1955, followed by 8 more in April 1955, giving a total of 26 aircraft. The first assembled aircraft flew on 7 April 1955. These aircraft were not new-build examples and reportedly shows signs of combat use in the Korean War. Some additional aircraft from China were delivered in 1956. Used for the interceptor-fighter role initially, then relegated to the ground-attack and advanced training roles. Note: As stated in references 4 and 5, no MiG-15s were actually manufactured in China, and so any aircraft described as 'Shenyang F-2' were Russian-built examples re-exported.

Circa 2000 the type was withdrawn from service and in 2002 the 11 survivors were put up for sale.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
14     1955 MiG-15bis
91     1955 MiG-15bis
119     1955 MiG-15bis
5-01     1955 MiG-15bis. Flying accident 15 August 1990 but repaired.
5-06     1956 F-2, noted 1992?
5-13 0113   19?? MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-15     1956 F-2, noted 1992?
5-17     1956 MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-18 1002 or 1102?   1955 MiG-15bis, preserved Vlore May 2006
5-21 0210   1956 MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-32 523   1956 MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-40 0410   1955 MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-48 3022   19?? MiG-15bis, preserved Kucove May 2006
5-52     19?? MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-61 8851   19?? MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-73     19?? MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-86     1955 MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-90     1956 MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
5-91     1956 F-2, noted 1992?
5-95 1195   1956 MiG-15bis, stored Kucove May 2006
Known losses: Nov 1959 - 1 a/c, 1966 - 1 a/c.

References:

  1. Air International December 1992
  2. Aerospace Encyclopedia of the World's Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999)
  3. Air Forces Research March 1996
  4. Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft (1995)
  5. Encyclopedia of World Military Aircraft (Aerospace, 1996)
  6. Air Forces Monthly April 2004
  7. European Air Forces Directory 2007/08 (Mach III)


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