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The Soviet MiG-17 fighter was designed to be more stable than its predecessor, the MiG-15. When it first appeared, Western analysts gave it the Allied codename "Fresco-A" and thought it to be nothing more than a lengthened MiG-15. It was, in fact, a new design that improved on the problems found in earlier designs.

The MiG-15 was unstable at high speed and too tight a turn could cause an uncontrolled snap roll and spin. To overcome this problem, the fuselage was lengthened, small 'fences' were installed on the upper surfaces of the wing to control airflow, and the wings swept back 45 degrees. The extra room in the fuselage enabled the internal layout and systems to be revised, and a more angular tail was added. These changes gave the aircraft great stability, essential for an effective weapons platform. The resulting prototype, the I-330, flew in the early 1950s and the MiG-17 entered frontline service in February, 1953. The Fresco-A maintained the original VK-1 turbojet of the MiG-15. A VK-1F engine with afterburner was then fitted to the new Fresco-C, or MiG-17F. A fixed-scan radar was added to the MiG-17PF, or Fresco-D. The MiG-17PFU, Fresco-E, became the Soviet Union's first interceptor with its cannon deleted and four air-to-air missiles added.

Czechoslovakia also produced the MiG-17 as the S-104. Poland produced a STOL aircraft from the MiG-17, the LIM-5M, a close-support LIM-6 and the LIM-5P, a standard MiG-17F. China also produced the MiG-17F and MiG-17FP, using the designations J-5 and J-5A.

Considered obsolete in the 1960s, North Vietnamese pilots flew MiG-17s against American aircraft during the Vietnam War. More rare than the MiG-15, only about ten MiG-17s currently fly in the United States and one is being rebuilt in Australia. [History by David MacGillivray]

MiG Fury Fighter's MiG-17 (N717MG) was built on April 30, 1958 and put into service on July 24, 1958 with the 11th Fighter Aviation Regiment of Poland. It last served with the 61st. Fighter Training Regiment in Biala Podlaska which is a training regiment of the Air Force Academy in Deblin. It's last flight in Poland was November 17, 1990. It was bought by Aero Crafter's Inc. in Santa Rosa, Ca on January 27, 1996 and placed in storage until 2001. On November 7, 2001 MiG Fury Fighters president purchased the aircraft and commissioned Aero Crafter's to restore it into the condition you see it today.

Fresco (NATO Codename); Silver Swallow (North Vietnamese AF designation)

Specifications (MiG-17F):
Engine: One 7,452-pound thrust Klimov VK-1F turbojet
Weight: Empty 8,664 lbs., Max Takeoff 13,393 lbs.
Wing Span: 31ft. 7.25in.
Length: 36ft. 11.25in.
Height: 12ft. 5.5in.

Maximum Speed at 10,000 ft: 711 mph
Ceiling: 54,460 ft.
Range: 1,230 miles

One 37-mm N-37 cannon
Two or three 23-mm NR-23 cannon
Up to 1,100 pounds of mixed stores on underwing hardpoints

Number Built:
9,000+ (6,000+ in the USSR alone)

Number Still Airworthy: 10 Approximately

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