Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 Aircraft Data
Photo ID 40942 by Chris Lofting. Russia Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG 19,
Single-seat, day and clear-weather interceptor.

The Mikoyan Guervich Mig-19, NATO reporting name "Farmer", was the Soviet Union's first supersonic fighter. An undeclared race had the Mig-19 beat the American F-100 "Super Sabre" into service by a mere three weeks. From the onset, the Mig-19 was plagued with problems. Poor quality in construction, and engine reliability would lead to fires, both inflight and on the ground. The Mig-19 quickly earned the nick-name, "Widowmaker".

The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Navy used a locally-built variant of the Mig-19, the J-6, long after the addition of the Mig-21 to PLAAF service. China used the Mig-19 to such an extent, that a two-seat trainer, the JJ-6, was developed. Many J-6's were exported, most-notably, the Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF). Both the J-6 and the Mig-19 saw combat in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Pakistani J-6's claimed many victories against Indian Su-7's and Mig-21's. A small number of J-6's still remain in PLAAF service as well as with the air forces of North Korea and Bangladesh.

In addition to speed, the Mig-19 pioneered the use of RADAR guided missiles as an air-to-air weapon. Four AA-1 or AA-2 missiles could be used to engage targets during the day, in bad weather, and on clear nights. Despite the technical advances made with the Mig-19 in the Soviet Union, the type was soon superseded by the Mig-21 "Fishbed".
  • Country of Origin: USSR
  • First Flight: 9/18/53
  • Initial Service Date: 1955
  • No. Built: 2,172
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 4
  • Crew: 1


2 x Tumansky RD-9BF-811 afterburning turbojets at 37 kN or 2 × Tumansky RD-9B afterburning turbojets at 31.9 kN


3 x 30mm. NR-30 cannons (75 rounds per gun for wing guns, 55 rounds for the fuselage gun).
550 lbs. of bombs or unguided rockets on 4 underwing pylons.
4 x Vympel K-13 (AA-2) AAMs
4 x Kaliningrad K-5M (AA-1) AAMs


Length: 12.5 m.
Wing Span: 9.2 m.
Wing Area: 25 m²
Height: 3.9 m.
Empty Weight: 5,447 kg.
Max. Weight: 7,560 kg.
Max. Ordnance Load: 250 kg.
Internal Fuel: 1,800 kg.


Max. Speed: 1,455 kph
Service Ceiling: 17,500 m.


Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan and Zambia are thought to stil be flying variants of the Mig-19.

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