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Friday, 13 July 2012 21:41


History

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was a jet fighter developed for the USSR by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful swept-wing jet fighters, and it achieved fame in the skies over Korea, where early in the war, it outclassed all straight-winged enemy fighters in daylight. The MiG-15 also served as the starting point for development of the more advanced MiG-17 which was still an effective threat to supersonic American fighters over North Vietnam in the 1960s. The MiG-15 is believed to have been the most widely produced jet aircraft ever made, with over 12,000 built. Licensed foreign production perhaps raised the total to over 18,000. The MiG-15 is often mentioned along with the North American F-86 Sabre in lists of the best fighter aircraft of the Korean War and in comparison with fighters of other eras.


Intro

Months ago I first saw the Mig-15 was being released by E-flite and I was stoked! It is one of my favorite jets from that era but I was apprehensive as to how well it would fly. I have owned smaller EDFs and I noticed a trend that the smaller the fan size the less stable the plane is. Hoping for the best, I ran towards the hobby shop when the MIGs came in.

   

Kit Contents

The UMX MiG 15 comes in a Bind-n-Fly package that allows the plane to be bound to your own Spektrum radio. The kit comes with the airplane fully assembled and ready to go out of the box. Inside the box there is a fully detailed manual, a 2S battery charger, a 200mah 2S battery and Velcro strips for extra batteries. Not much in the box, but enough to fly the plane.

   

Assembly

The MiG is 100% assembled with all the electronics installed and all of the control horns hooked up…nothing to do!

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Features

The E-flite MiG 15 features a 16.2 inch wingspan and an overall length of 15.9 inches. The EDF jet is a 4 channel beast that is powered by the AS3X system that incorporates the ESC, RX and stabilizer unit all in one. The plane is powered by an 11750kv brushless inrunner that spins the 28mm Delta-V EDF system. The EDF sports a bright red paint scheme and comes with landing gear that can be removed. Flight times hover around the 4 and ½ to 5 minute mark.

   

First Flight

After taking the MIG out of the box and ‘ooohing’ and ‘aaahing’ over it I charged up the battery and waited. Within an hour I had the plane in the air. I took the MIG down to the local school, checked out all the surfaces and set her down for takeoff. Winding the EDF up with the throttle the little plane whined and rolled towards the edge of the pavement. In about 10 feet the MIG was airborne and climbing rapidly. After setting the plane up high and level I relaxed my thumbs from the sticks to see what she needed. Amazingly the plane was completely stable and did not need any trim out of the box!

   

The MIG felt very zippy and responsive but I could tell that it did not need full throttle to stay in the air. I found the sweet spot for level cruising to be right at half throttle. Any lower on the stick and the plane began to sink. I putted around the sky for nearly 5 minutes and never felt like the MIG was getting away from me, in fact I felt completely comfortable with it and was truly inspired at how well the tiny jet flew.

Flight Characteristics

The E-flite Mig-15 is a sweet flying EDF Jet. The little plane has plenty of power and can even handle the wind given its small stature. Inverted flight is possible and stable although nearly all of the down elevator is needed to keep the plane flying level while inverted. The MIG performs snappy rolls with ease and with rudder thrown into the mix the rolls are slippery fast. The plane climbs better than most Ultra Micros although the tradeoff for the MIG is that it has a much higher stall speed than more micros. Although the plane slices through the air beautifully, it does need speed to stay steady. Get too slow and the wings will tip and the nose will dip dramatically to gain more speed. This is nothing too surprising and fairly standard for an EDF jet. About ½ throttle is the sweet spot; any slower and I noticed the plane wanted to sink. The battery lasts about 5 minutes (if you don’t blast it the entire time) so it’s smart near the 4-minute mark to bring the plane a little closer to the landing area. Once the Low Voltage Cutoff is hit and the motor starts pulsating there is barely enough power to keep the plane in the air and landings will generally happen within 10 seconds whether planned or not.

    

Takeoffs and Landings

The plane can either be hand launched or taken off from the ground. For the first few flights I had a small paved area and found the ground take offs are easy and generally happen within 10 feet. Hand launches are just as easy as the plane need only a small toss to get airborne. Apply full throttle, small toss and you’re airborne!

Landing on pavement isn’t too difficult as long as throttle is kept up a few clicks to keep the plane from dropping and smashing on the hard surface. Landing in grass is even easier (take the landing gear off) since the plane will touch down softly. Make sure to get the plane slow before trying a grass landing otherwise even soft grass will rip the front of the nose up.

   

Is This Plane For a Beginner?

No this plane is definitely for an intermediate pilot. The four channels and faster flight speed would make it awfully tricky for a newbie and being a micro it may not withstand very many nose-ins before becoming a pile of foam.

Conclusion

The E-flite MIG-15 is an awesome little jet and one that delights the pilot within me. The plane is fast, nimble and yet very controllable. I never felt out of control or in danger of crashing the little EDF and was surprised and pleased by the power and agility of the plane. The flight times are a bit on the short side, but being a 28mm EDF plane I suppose that is to be expected. The plane is an Ultra Micro and so a high speed crash may not end well for the little jet, but if your thumbs are fast and you want to have fun in the local park the UMX Mig may be just the ticket for you.

GRADE: A

Pros

  • Fast and Nimble
  • Bright Red Paint
  • Scale looks
  • No Assembly
  • Stable in wind

Neutrals

  • Shorter Flight Times

Cons

  • None

 

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