updated on April 5, 2005
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This profile represents an example of an unknown unit, that made a forced
The photo has a very low contrast, and at first glance it looks an
overall green aircraft without stars. This would be odd. Besides, the aircraft
is a late production MiG-3, so the photo is probably taken in autumn 1941,
when MiGs were always camouflaged.
Observing carefully the photo, one can see (or think to see):
it is a long-nosed example, with slats;
it is armed with underwing gun pods;
low contrast green/dark green camouflage, with reasonable concordance with
a medium size red star on the fuselage, and a small size star on the tail,
behind the yellow 5; the hypothetic tail star is very uncertain, but the
strong displacement of the 5 digit looks to confirm its presence.
it looks without radio devices; ther mast is not visible, but it could
have been removed with the nose panels; the radio boxes behind the seat
look absent too;
there is the small pipe for inert gas anti-fire fuel tanks system over
the left side exhaust stacks;
the tail wheel looks extracted in spite of being the main undercarriage
retracted; probably it was locked fixed in low position;
the propeller blades look unusually painted, probably black or green.
||These details with enhanced contrast are to evidence where I think
to see traces of the stars contours (evidences with white points on the
||The last detail evidences what is visible of the gun pod behind the
bended gun barrel.