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  • When the MiG-17 (NATO code name "Fresco") made its debut, Western intelligence officers believed it was a variant of the MiG-15. Closer examination, however, showed it to be an entirely new aircraft. The fuselage was three feet longer and the thinner wing (which featured three fences to improve air flow) was swept back to a full 45 degrees. Some versions were equipped with radar in and on the upper lip of the air intake.
  • Although its Klimov turbojet was equipped with an afterburner, the MiG-17 could not exceed Mach 1 in level flight.
  • The airplane was built in Poland, Czechoslovakia and the People's Republic of China, in addition to the USSR, and flew with over 20 air forces worldwide. Over 9,000 were built before production ceased in 1958.
  • The MiG-17 saw combat in the Nigerian Civil War and in the Middle East but will be best remembered for its service with the North Vietnamese Air Force where it was nicknamed the "Silver Swallow." It was smaller and slower than the F-4s, F-105s and F-8s it was pitted against but it was highly maneuverable and proved a formidable opponent. USAF fighters downed 61 MiG-17s during the conflict and USN aviators accounted for 44 more.
  • Surprisingly, two of the Navy kills were made by the pilots of propeller-driven A-1 Skyraiders from the carrier U.S.S. Intrepid.
  • The museum's MiG-17 is displayed in North Vietnamese markings. It is currently on loan to the Palm Springs Air Museum



Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau
Year: 1959
Model: PZL-Mielec LIM-5 “Fresco-C” (MiG-17F)
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Crew: 1
Max T/O Weight: 13,375 lb.
Span: 31 ft. 7 in.
Length: 36 ft. 11.5 in.
Height: 12 ft. 5.5 in.
Maximum Speed: 711 mph
Cruise Speed: 618 mph
Rate of Climb: 12,800 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 × Klimov VK-1F afterburning centrifugal-flow turbojet engine, 6,000 lb to 7,600 lb thrust
Range: 1,280 miles
Service Ceiling: 54,450 ft.
Armament:  1 × 37 mm Nudelman N-37 cannon; 2 × 23 mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 cannons; 1,100 lb of bombs or unguided rockets or external fuel tanks on two pylons.


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