Model: unknown

Name: NATO: "Fatso"


Date: 1964

Status: Operational service

Country: Soviet Union

Service: Soviet Air Force

Designation: MiG-13

Synopsis: Although typically designed along the lines of the MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters, the MiG-18 was a much bigger bomber trainer version.

I used a MiG-17 (below right) and painfully added bits and pieces to the fuselage and wings to enlarge the aircraft, then grafted the cockpit of the MiG-15 UTI (two-seat trainer) (above right). I then doubled the underwing pods.

Viewers' comments:
  • "I really, really like the Fatso." (Taiidantomcat)
  • I LOVE the MiG-18. That tandem cockpit is more proportional, too. (comradeloganov)
  • "Good work, thanks for having included the source, because the result seems so 'normal' that we must have the very proof this is a fake picture..." (Tophe)

My comments:

Aerodynamically the MiG-18 is very similar to the other MiGs of the same era, so it would fly all right. Let's say it's just "a path that was not taken"...