Author and historian Nikolay Yakubovich examines the development and history of the Soviet Union’s heavy-hitting swept-wing fighter, which was among the first designs to be equipped with an afterburning engine


There are several MiG-17Fs in private ownership, here a Lim-5 demonstrates at the South Texas Airshow, held at Corpus Christi on April 13, 2019. (Key Collection)
The second SI prototype (also known as the I-330), photographed at the Ramenskoye test facility; the general shape would be retained throughout the MiG-17s operational service.

Mikoyan-Gurevich’s MiG- 17 Fresco was a further development of its successful MiG-15 Fagot and was first flown in January 1949.


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