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 Despite outdated, it was preferred by some Vietnamese aces (Col.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.
More Links...
  • MiG-17 at 'Novik'
  • MiG-17 at Virtual Aircraft Museum
  • MiG-17, Mikoyan-Gurevich 'Fresco'
  • MiG-17 modification of this page with different picture, by Sergey Andreev;
  • Technical data
    Type MiG-17
    Function fighter
    Year
    (test/service)
    1950/52
    Crew 1
    Engines 1*Klimov 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
    2*g23mm
    Prototype:
    Modifications:
    • MiG-17P - limited all-weather version with the Izumrud fixed-scan radar and 37mm cannon replaced with third 23mm one. VK-1 engine.
    • MiG-17F - most produced version with an improved afterburning VK-1 engine and variable nozzle;
    • MiG-17PF - all-weather interceptor version of the MiG-17F;
    • MiG-17PFU - all-weather version with deleted guns and four K-5 (ARS-212) beam-riding underwing missiles. 1953
    • I-340/SM-1 with 2 AM-5 engines;

    • I-350 (M-1, M-2, MT)
      with single TR-3 engine;
    • I-360/SM-2;
    • SP-2 - another all-weather version with more powerful radar;
    • SR-2 - experimental tactical recco version with new engine;
    • SN - experimental attack version;
    Modified December 5, 1996
    by Alexandre Savine;
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