This example is the only MiG-3 fitted with the AM-38 engine in August 1941. This engine gave higher power but less altitude capability than the AM-35A. The aircraft had a significant improvement in its low-altitude performance, and outclassed even the Bf-109F. The trials showed the necessity to redesign the oil and water radiators because of the higher heat generation of the new engine, and as well, the Il-2 program was priority for the use of the AM-38 engine. Because of these factors, the program was halted.
Artist: © Massimo Tessitori