The Mikoyan-Gurevich, Mig-15, was one of the show stoppers at
this year’s Wings and Wheels Air Show at Dunsfold Aerodrome.
Built and designed by the Soviet Union in the late 1940’s with
it’s Maiden flight in December of 1947. The Mig-15 was one of
the first aircraft to use the swept wing configuration in a
jet, which allowed it to obtain very high speeds of around
670mph. This aircraft was used extensively in the Korean war
and outclassed the prop aircraft until the American F-86 Sabre
came along. Nato gave the name “Fagot” to the Mig-15.
Mig-15’s were not only used in the Korean war, but also the
conflict with Taiwan where Russian pilots were used by the
request of Mao Zedong. In all, over 12,000 of these aircraft
were built, and under licence probably about 18,000, they were
used by several air forces. They are still in service with the
Korean Peoples Army Air Force as an advanced trainer aircraft.
The Mig-15 was superseded by the Mig-17 which came into
production in 1952.
Having purchased the New Sigma
150-600mm DG HSM OS Contemporary lens a couple of months ago,
I decided to take it along for the first time to Dunsfold
Wings & Wheels, and was not disappointed. I found that there
were no soft spots at the long end as there was on my old
Sigma 120-400mm, no Chromatic Aberration and I didn’t notice
any Vignetting. This to me is a wonderful lens and worth every
penny. There are a couple of niggles but not with it’s
performance, I feel that the tripod mount could have been a
little longer and if you are holding it aloft for a
considerable time it feels a little heavy.