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Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 Jet Fighter Plane

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 fighter first flew in 14 January 1950 and entered service with the Soviet Air Force in October 1952, the MiG-17 design was loosely based on the existing MiG-15 fighter but featured more modern aerodynamics combined with a more powerful engine. Production of the MiG-17 prolific within the Soviet Union and it's allies, a total of 10,824 are believed to have been made including the Chinise derogative the Shenyang J-5.

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 Jet Fighter Plane


The main role of the MiG-17 was to give the Soviet Union an effective interceptor against Strategic Nuclear Bombers such as the B-50 and B-36, the MiG-17 had ample performance to complete this task but as newer Supersonic Strategic Bombers such as the B-58 Hustler and FB-111 entered service the MiG-17 had to be replaced by new supersonic interceptors, the MiG-21 and MiG-23 eventually replacing the MiG-17 in the interceptor role.

It is interesting to note that in the Vietnam war, 15 year old MiG-17's were able to shoot down the new generation of American Supersonic fighters like the F-105 Thunderchief, this was when dog-fighting the Supersonic fighters had to slow down to near the MiG-17's speed where the MiG was in fact more manoeuvrable, the faster fighters could outrun their opponents but out-fighting them was another matter! Variable Geometry fighters like the F-14 Tomcat and the "TOPGUN" courses were designed to counter this situation.



Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only

  • Length: 11.36 m (37 ft 3 in)

  • Wingspan: 9.63 m (31 ft 7 in)

  • Height: 3.80 m (12 ft 6 in)

  • Wing area: 22.6 m (243.2 ft)

  • Maximum takeoff weight: 6,286 kg (13,858 lb)

  • Engine: Single 33.1 kN (7,440 lbf) Klimov VK-1F afterburning turbojet

  • Maximum speed: 1,144 km/h at 3,000 m (711 mph at 10,000 ft)

  • Range: 1,080 km, 1,670 km with drop tanks (670 mi / 1,035 mi)

  • Service ceiling 16,600 m (54,500 ft)

  • Rate of climb: 65 m/s (12,795 ft/min)


Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F Armament:

  • Single 37 mm Nudelman N-37 cannon
  • Twin 23 mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 cannon
  • Up to 500 kg (1,100 lb) of external 100 kg (220 lb) and 250 kg (550 lb) bombs or drop tanks

Privatly owned Shenyang JJ-5

The People's Liberation Army Air Force and the People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force still operate the Shenyang JJ-5 a Chinese trainer variant of the MiG 15/Shenyang J-5 as pictured here.

People's Liberation Army Air Force Shenyang JJ-5 trainer

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