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Artyom Ivanovich Mikoyan

Artyom Ivanovich Mikoyan

Artyom Ivanovich Mikoyan
Aircraft Designer
Born Sanian, Armenia 15 August 1905. His interest in aviation began in 1914 when he inspected a disabled airplane which landed near his village. In 1931 he joined the Soviet Air Force and entered the Engineering Academy where he learned to fly and earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1937.

Subsequent to graduation, Mikoyan was assigned to the Central Design Bureau for aircraft where his engineering capabilities matured rapidly as did the accuracy of his design insights. In 1940 he was appointed Chief Constructor of this factory with Mikhail Guryevich as his deputy. Thus the team of Mikoyan-Guryevich was born and in 1942 they founded the MiG Experimental Aircraft Design Bureau. The MiG design bureau led Soviet aviation in the development of numerous technological advances and produced a succession of high performance designs which pushed the frontiers of turbine powered flight to new limits.

In 1956 Mikoyan was appointed to the post of General Designer of Soviet Aircraft. He held this position until his retirement in 1969.

Died Moscow, Russia 9 December 1970.
Elected to the International Aerospace Hall of Fame 1996