Air International 1984-06
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Model enthusiast
A MiG-3 of the 12 GvIAP (Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment) of the Moscow Air Defence (PVO), March 1942. (Left) The manufacturing number appeared on the starboard side of the cowling only.
MiG-3 of the 6 IAK (Fighter Air Corps), Moscow Air Defence (PVO) flown by A V Shiopov. Note the popular "Za Stalina!" (For Stalin!) legend and the underwing UB machine gun.
A MiG-3 of the 12 GvIAP (the former 120 IAP), 6 IAK (Fighter Air Corps), Moscow Air Defence (PVO), March 1942. Note underwing RS-82 rocket missiles.
A MiG-3 flown by Capt S N Polyakov of the 7 IAP, VVS KBF (Red Banner Baltic Fleet Air Force) on Leningrad Front, July 1941.
A MiG-3 of the 16 GvIAP flown by Aleksandr I Pokryshkin in 1942. Note legend "Gvardiya" on engine cowling and the three red stars beneath the windscreen signifying "kills".
A MiG-3 of the 7 IAP of the PVO Leningrad, July 1941. Note absence of cockpit canopy and radio mast, and the crudely applied (in the field) camouflage scheme.
A MiG-3 of the 7 IAP, VVS KBF (Red Banner Baltic Fleet Air Force) early in 1944 in the vicinity of Leningrad. This Regiment was, at the time, operating the MiG-3 in concert with the P-40 Warhawk.
(Left) Upper and lower surfaces of MiG-3. Note the RS-82 rockets and the high-visibility outer wing panel to simplify location in the event that the aircraft was brought down over snow-covered terrain.
(Right) A MiG-3 flown by Capt S N Polyakov of the 7 IAP, VVS KBF (Red Banner Baltic Fleet Air Force) on Leningrad Front, July 1941.