General Information
Type E-2 E-2A
Function Interceptor prototype
Year 1955 1956
Crew 1
Type 1*AM-9 1*AM-11 (RD-11)
Thrust (dry) 2600kg 3800
Thrust (a.b.) 3250kg 5100
Length 13.5m 13.23m
Wingspan 8.5m 8.5m
Wing area ?m2 21.3m2
Weights and loads
Empty ? 4349kg
Loaded 6000 6250kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 280 295
Thrust -to- Weight 0.43 / 0.54 0.61 / 0.82
Speed (km/h)
at 0m ? ?
Maximum ? 1900
Landing ? ?
Turn time ?sec ?sec
Roll (m)
Landing ? ?
Takeoff ? ?
Practical ?km 2000km
Ceiling (m)
Service ? 18000
10000m ?min 1.3min
Fuel ? 1890l
Gun Type 2*30mm NR-30
Position ventral
Ammo ?
Salvo (kg/sec) 13

Ye-2 (E-2) and Ye-2A (E-2A) fighter prototypes, A.I.Mikoyan/M.I.Gurevich 'Faceplate'

E-2 was the first MiG-21 prototype to fly ("The complete Book of Fighters", p.396, thanks to Thomas Heinz)

Within the Mach 2 fighter development program, the original Ye-1 was re-engined with more powerful AM-9B and became Ye-2. The airframe was modifies accordingly.

Its wing and tailplane had 57° sweep, S-12 4.2% thickness airfoil was utilized to obtain stable but versatile platform for flight test in uncharted envelope of speeds. Conservative layout of the E-2 resembled earlier SM-12 prototypes. Aircraft was assembled at GAZ-155 by late 1954, and earl next year pre-flight trials started.

First flight took place on February 14, 1955 (bureau test-pilot Georgiy Mossolov). First trials revealed no advantages of ether delta or swept wing (E-4) prototype, and one more prototype of each layout was ordered. E-2A and E-5 (swept wing and delta, accordingly) had even more powerful AM-11 (RD-11).

E-2A pre-series interceptor ("The complete Book of Fighters", p.396, thanks to Thomas Heinz)

E-2A took off on March 22, 1956, piloted by test-pilot G.A.Sedov. In addition to the new engine, it received a single fence on each wing upper surface. Performance improved substantially compared to E-2, and pre-production series of five planes was built. Those five appeared for the short time (on the experimental stage) under the designations MiG-23 and "product 63".

The fuselage of the E-2/E-2A was very similar to that of the early MiG-21. On June 24 1956 new jet made first public appearance at Tushino airshow - much to the surprise of Western observers. NATO thought that this aircraft was in service as the MiG-21 and assigned the name 'Faceplate'.

Trials of E-2/2A and their delta-winged siblings generated considerable data. Finally, the E-5 showed better qualities and was therefore selected for mass production.

On-board equipment included ASP-5N; SRD-1; RSIU-4; answerer BARIY-M; ARK-5; MRP-48P; SIRENA-2.

E-2 3D drawing used for background on this page, courtesy of Thomas Heinz



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  • "OKB MiG - a history of the design bureau and its aircraft" pp81-83, 166-171
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