Putting the Mi in MiG

by Mark Krikorian

When you’re member of a small tribe, every appearance by a paisano is notable. Did you know the Delta faucet was invented by Alex Manoogian? Or that the newborn Prince George Alexander Louis is 1/512th Armenian? (His great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother, Eliza Kewark, was half Armenian, half Indian.) And that Principal Skinner’s real name is Armin Tamzarian?

Anyway, I just went through the slide show on MiG monuments on NRO’s home page (no link, you just have to scroll down) and saw to my consternation that it missed the most notable such monument. In Sanahin, in northern Armenia, there’s one at the museum to the Mikoyan brothers, one of whom, Artyom, was an aircraft designer who’s the “Mi” in MiG (Mikhail Gurevich provided the “G”). Some pictures of the museum are here, including this one:

Mikoyan museum

(The other Mikoyan brother, Anastas, was a wily SOB who was the only old Boshevik to outlive Lenin, Stain, and Khrushchev and die in bed.)