The MiG-17 is a refined version of the
famous MiG 15 of the Korean War. Although similar in appearance to the
MiG-15, the MiG-17 has more sharply swept wings, an afterburner, better
speed and handling characteristics and is about three feet longer. The
first flight of a MiG-17 prototype took place in January 1950 and
production began in late 1951. The first operational MiG-17s appeared in
1952 but were not available in sufficient quantities to take part in the
Korean War. Five versions of the aircraft eventually were produced. The
MiG-17 has served in the air arms of at least 20 nations throughout the
world--including nations friendly to the U.S.--and was flown against U.S.
aircraft during the Vietnam War. Between July 10, 1965, and February 14,
1968, USAF F-105s and F-4s downed 61 MiG-17s.
(Data for the MiG-17F "Fresco C")
Span: 31 ft. 7 in.
Length: 36 ft. 5 in.
Height: 12 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 13,380 lbs. max.
Armament: One 37mm and two 23mm cannons in the lower nose plus 16
rockets in underwing pods or 1,100 lbs. of bombs (externally)
Engine: Klimov VK-1F jet engine of 7,452 lbs. thrust with
Maximum speed: 711 mph.
Cruising speed: 535 mph.
Range: 510 miles (1,160 miles with external tanks)
Service Ceiling: 57,000 ft.