History: 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
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)
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
9,000+ (6,000+ in the USSR alone)
Number Still Airworthy: 10 Approximately
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