|Description (Above photo as of 31 May 2009)|
|Specifications (for MiG-17F)|
|Length:||37 ft 3 in|
|Height:||12 ft 6 in|
|Wingspan:||31 ft 7 in|
|Armament:||One 37mm cannon plus two two 23mm cannons; 4 air-to-air missiles|
|Gross Weight:||8,646 lbs empty; 13,858 lbs max takoff|
|No. of Engines:||1|
|Powerplant:||Klimov VK-1F afterburning turbojet|
|Pounds of thrust:||7,440 lbs with afterburner|
|Range:||1,035 miles with tanks)|
|Max Speed:||711 mph|
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 is a jet fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. Licence production was carried out in East Germany, Poland (PZL-Mielec Lim-6) and the Peoples Republic of China (Shenyang J-5). NATO reporting name "Fresco".
The MiG-17 design was generally based on a previously successful Mikoyan and Gurevich fighter, the MiG-15. The major novelty was its introduction of a swept wing with a "compound sweep" configuration: a 45° angle near the fuselage, and a 42° angle for the outboard part of the wings. Other easily visible differences to its predecessor were the three wing-fences on each wing, instead of the MiG-15's two, and the addition of a ventral fin.
The MiG-17 shared the same Klimov VK-1 engine and the rest of its construction was similar. The first prototype, designated "SI" by the construction bureau, was flown on the 14 January 1950.
The MiG-17 shown above, with 1605 painted on its side fuselage, is on loan fron Nancy and Walter Jarrett.