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MiG-17 “Fresco”

First Flight

January 14, 1950


Vietnam Hangar

Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 1
Length: 11.264 m (36 ft 11 in)
Wingspan: 9.628 m (31 ft 7 in)
Height: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Empty Weight: 3,919 kg (8,640 lb)
Max Take Off Weight: 6,069 kg (13,380 lb)


Speed: 1,100 km/h (680 mph, 590 kn) M0.89 at sea level
Service Ceiling: 16,600 m (54,500 ft)
Range: 2,020 km (1,260 mi, 1,090 nmi) at 12,000 m (39,000 ft) with 2 × 400 l (110 US gal; 88 imp gal) drop-tanks


Static Aircraft


Guns: 2 × 23 mm (0.906 in) Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 autocannon (80 rounds per gun, 160 rounds total)

1 × 37 mm Nudelman N-37 autocannon (40 rounds total)
Hardpoints: 2 pylons with a capacity of up to 500 kg (1,100 lb) of stores, with provisions to carry combinations of:

Rockets: 2 × UB-16-57 rocket pods for S-5 rockets
Bombs: 2 × 250 kg (550 lb) bombs (some versions are equipped with 3 x NR-23 autocannons and 2 x K-5 air-to-air missiles)

Loan Status

This aircraft is owned by the Valiant Air Command

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (NATO reporting name: Fresco) is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. It is an advanced development of the similar-looking MiG-15 of the Korean War. The MiG-17 was license-built in China as the Shenyang J-5 and in Poland as the PZL-Mielec Lim-6. MiG-17s first saw combat in 1958 in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis and later proved to be an effective threat against more modern supersonic fighters of the United States in the Vietnam War. It was also briefly known as the Type 38 by U.S. Air Force designation prior to the development of NATO codes.

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