Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19: The Soviet Union's First Production Supersonic Fighter (Aerofax)
Following naturally on from the MiG-15 and MiG-17 in the series, the MiG-19 'Farmer' now receives the full Aerofax treatment. Appearing in the 1950s, the MiG-19 represented a major technological leap for the VVS, as it was one of their first fighters capable of accommodating air-to-air missiles, ground color intercept system and other advances. By the end of the 1950s it had become the standard VVS fighter and was integrated into the inventories of most Warsaw Pact countries and other Soviet allies. It was produced in many thousands in the USSR, Czechoslovakia and China (as the J-6, JJ-6 and X-5 Fantan); a significant number of export customers included Cuba, Egypt, Albania, Vietnam and Pakistan. As usual, Yefim Gordon has come up with a mass of previously unpublished information and photos from original Russian resources.