Introduced in 1951, the MiG-17 remained on frontline duty with many Warsaw Pact countries and their client states well into the 1980s. Developed too late for the Korean War, the MiG-17 went on to see action in Vietnam and in several of the African and Middle-Eastern conflicts of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. This version of the MiG-17 is fitted with the Klimov VK-1A engine, a Soviet copy of the Rolls- Royce Nene turbojet.
High maneuverability, coupled with a powerful automatic-cannon system, allowed the MiG-17 to compete favorably with more sophisticated missile-firing USAF aircraft during the Vietnam War. This Russian built MiG-17 bears the distinctive insignia and camouflage pattern of the North Vietnameese Air Force.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17A S/N 1589
Type: All-weather fighter-bomber
Length: 36 ft, 11 in
Wing Span: 31 ft, 7 in
Weight Empty: 8,115 lbs
Speed: 711 mph
Maximum range: 1,230 mi
Combat weight: 13,393 lbs
Maximum bomb load: 1,202 lbs
Combat ceiling: 54,460 ft
Armament: Two NR-23mm and one NR-37mm cannon
Restoration courtesy of Savannah Air Center