This was a thoroughly redesigned MiG-15. Changes included absolutely new thin wing, a lengthened rear fuselage, increased tail surfaces, wider-track landing gear and ventral fin (added after prototype tests). Also revised were airbrakes and cockpit instrumentation.
Original MiG-17 had modified (but not afterburning) engine VK-1A.
Production was also undertaken in Poland (LIM-5), China (Jian-5) and Czechoslovakia. The aircraft is used by at least 25 countries (Soviet-built or Chinese J-5 fighters, JT-5 trainers).
During Vietnam war MiG-17 were used by North Vietnam AF against UASF aircraft. Despite outdated, it was preferred by some Vietnamese aces (Col. Tomb) for its agility and powerful cannons. Indeed it was MiG-17's guns that turned down 'missile only' fighters development in both USSR and USA (see a letter from Dave Sutton, private MiG owner).
Now is one of hot items in collections of private pilots.
|I-330/SI||MiG-17P - limited all-weather version with the Izumrud fixed-scan radar and 37mm cannon replaced with third 23mm one. VK-1 engine.||
I-350 (M-1, M-2, MT)
|MiG-17PFU - all-weather version with deleted guns and four K-5 (ARS-212) beam-riding underwing missiles. 1953||SP-2||SR-2||
|Modified December 5, 1996||Back to|