Technical data
Type MiG-17
Function fighter
Crew 1
Engines 1*VK-1A
Wingspan 9.63m
Length 11.26m
Height 3.80m
Wing Area 22.60m2
Empty Weight 3798kg
Weight Loaded 5202kg
Speed 1114km/h
Climb 45m/sec
Ceiling ?
Range 2150km
(external tanks)
Armament 1*g37mm

MiG-17, A.I.Mikoyan/M.I.Gurevich 'Fresco-A'

Original MiG-17 (40k), at Monino AF Museum. Photo by Paul Nann;

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 Despite outdated, it was preferred by some Vietnamese aces (Col.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.

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Prototype Series variants Experimental
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

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