Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-19
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Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-19

The I-350 prototype of the MiG-19 first flew in September 1953. The initial production day fighter began to enter service with the Soviet air defence force in early 1955, but before long an all-moving tailplane replaced the elevators of early production aircraft. At the same time three 30mm guns replaced the original armament of a 37mm and two 23mm cannon, which had been standard on all MiG jets from the earliest MiG-9; and an attachment was added under each wing for a bomb or an air-to-surface rocket. This new version was designated MiG-19S (for Stabilisator). With the adoption in 1957 of the Tumansky R-9 axial-flow turbojet as the standard engine, the MiG-19SF was produced. At the same time another version appeared with limited all-weather capability as the MiG-19PF, supporting a small Izumrud radar scanner inside its engine air intake and a ranging unit in the intake lip. The later MiG-19PM differed from the PF in having four first-generation Alkali radar-homing missiles instead of guns.

In the Soviet Union the MiG-19 was phased out of production by the end of the 1950s, making way for expanded MiG-21 production. However in 1958 a licence to build the MiG-19 had been agreed with China but, following delivery of knocked-down MiGs for Chinese construction, relations between the two countries deteriorated. Nevertheless the MiG-19 construction went ahead under the Chinese designation F-6 (MiG-19S), the first of which flew in December 1961. F-6 became the standard equipment of the Chinese Air Force of the People's Liberation Army from mid-1962.

Production of the F-6 was stepped up from about 1966 and it is thought that several thousand have been built, including counterparts of the MiG-19PF and SF. China has developed a number of variants of its own design. One is a tactical reconnaissance aircraft, while the TF-6 is a trainer version and the A-5 (formerly referred to as the F-9 and F-6 bis) a strike fighter with different appearance because of its pointed nose radome between the semi-circular side air intakes. The span of the A-5 has also been increased to about 10.2m. Maximum level speed of this version is estimated to be close to Mach 2.

Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-19

 ENGINE2 x turbo-jet RD-9B(N), 31.9kN
    Take-off weight8600 kg18960 lb
    Wingspan9.0 m30 ft 6 in
    Length12.5 m41 ft 0 in
    Height4.1 m13 ft 5 in
    Wing area23.0 m2247.57 sq ft
    Max. speed1450 km/h901 mph
    Ceiling18600 m61000 ft
    Range w/max.fuel2200 km1367 miles
    Range w/max.payload1400 km870 miles
 ARMAMENT3 x 30mm machine-guns, missiles

Mikoyan/Gurevich MiG-19

Uncle Rob, 27.07.2014

Go to Wings Palette for numerous profiles of most aircraft from most users (definitely -19's in numerous nations' schemes) wp.scn.ru after the 3W's will get you there. Just saying

Dalhats Laudzafata Avicena, 06.04.2014

Is there a fighter-bomber version for Mig-19?

Steve Miller, 21.12.2012

anybody got any detailed drawings of this aircraft?

bombardier, 12.10.2011

A very good aircraft,fast and agile.Unfortunately it was phased out of production in the USSR before all it's problems were solved.I prefer it over the MiG-21.

bombardier, 22.05.2011

You have made a mistake with the speed of the Nanchang A-5,it was actually slower than the F-6,it's top speed was Mach 1,1 not Mach 2 as stated here

Kadesh, 17.02.2011

What's absolutely sad is that the Chinese air force is only just retiring their FRONTLINE MiG-19s from FIGHTER service. They must really believe in quantity over quality, they keep building the thing for other countries!

Bob Lawler, 19.02.2010

This aircraft had engine overheating problems while on the ground. Aircraft were positioned near the ends of runways so that taxi-to-takeoff times were at a minimum. Takeoffs were usually within 5 minutes of engine start.

Ed, 15.05.2008

Do you have any photos of them the North Vietnmese marking or other Airforces

Sodad Nima, 25.09.2007

I love this baby because my father use ti fly it, the 21 and the 23. I'd like to have some high resolution photos of them if possible. thank you

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