MiG-3 pieces at Central Finland Aviation Museum
Updated on October 10, 2003                                                            file name: finland.html
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This colorized image represents the MiG-3
piloted by lt. N.M. Estyen, that made a forced landing after being hit by AA fire near Utti air base in southern Finland on July 12, 1941. 
The unit was a detached fighter squadron (OIAE) of the Baltic fleet.
The aircraft should be no.2171, built in January 1941.
 
 

Here is a photo of the rear fuselage of a MiG-3 in the Central Finland Aviation Museum.
Wile it's not sure that it was from the aircraft of the previous photo (the light blue repainting on the stabilizator looks different), this image shows that the fuselage was painted in the factory before mounting the tail plans.
Here are the wings of an example different than the one of the first image (red 1); in fact, they looks broken in a different way.
Note the use of yellow putty under the green/blue coat. 
The yellow is visible where the paint is scratched, and where the fabric layer covering the wooden surface has been removed by souvenir hunters.
The internal surfaces of wooden structures and of fabric covered metal structures (ailerons, elevators, rudder) have been described as silver, even if they resembles as white on this photo.
The Tikkanoski Finnish Air Force Museum has many wreckages of some shot down MiG-3, forthemost conserved in Veesiveehma depot.

(photos of Thomas Siepert ).

Here is the right horizontal tailplane of 2171.
Note the dark red trim.
The closer piece looks from another type of aircraft (it's riveted).
A piece of outer left wing panel. 
The inner side of the flaps looks light blue or light blue-green primier.
The light blue shade of this wreckage has been described as FS-35352, that is more greyish and greenish than the 35550 given by other sources as the standard AII blue paint. 
It's not clear if this discordance is due to age.
On most bw photos of MiG-3s shot during the war, including the photo of red 1, both the light blue and the green on metallic parts appear lighter than on wooden parts. 
This was not described on the wreckages in the museum. 
The reason of such discordance is still unknown.
This AM-35A engine is exposed in Tikkanoski Museum. 
It is in excellent conditions, even if the exhaust stacks are deformed and some pieces and minor sub-ensembles are absent:
  • supercharger inlet duct;
  • max pressure valve;
  • oil filters;
  • spark plug wires, and most spark plugs;
  • generator;
  • pneumatic starter under the gear.
More images (forthemost from Kai Mecklin, Museum Director) and comments on this engine can be found in the engine description.
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