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This deadly Russian fighter earned the respect of U.S. pilots in the war-torn skies over Vietnam. Flown by North Vietnamese pilots, the MiG-17 boasted excellent maneuverability and a heavy cannon armament. First introduced in l951, the MiG-17 has seen combat throughout the world and has been used by more than 40 countries.

The prototype of the MiG-17 was a conversion of an older MiG-15 airframe. This prototype had a thinner wing that incorporated a mid-span bend in the leading edge. The prototype also had a longer fuselage and a larger vertical fin than the older MiG-15. In August 1951, with its test program completed, the aircraft was ordered into mass production and designated the MiG-17 (called the “Fresco” by NATO). The first MiG-17F (known as the “Fresco C”) rolled off production lines in spring 1953. The MiG-17F was the most widely produced variant of the MiG-17. The main difference between the MiG-17 Fresco A and the later MiG-17F was the powerplant. The MiG-17F used the more powerful VK-1 F after-burning turbojet which provided a substantial increase in power for takeoff and combat maneuvering over the older Fresco A model (the “F” in MiG-17F designates “with afterburner”).

Although it did not see combat in Korea, the MiG-17 saw extensive action in the Arab-Israeli Wars and in a wide variety of other Third World conflicts. In 1958, Communist Chinese produced MiG-l7Fs (designated the F-5) destroyed two Republic F-84G Thunderjets and six North American F-86A Sabres flown by Nationalist Chinese pilots. However, the MiG-17F's most visible role came during the Vietnam War. The MiG-17 proved the continued worth of automatic cannons in a era of advanced air-to-air missiles. American flight crews repeatedly stated they feared the North Vietnam's elderly MiG-17s far more than the newer, faster and missile-armed MiG-21 Fishbeds.

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum s MiG-17F Serial No. 1228 was manufactured by the Polish Aviation Factory (Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze) in Mielec, Poland and given the Polish designation of Lim-5. It was delivered to the Polish Air Force on July 30, 1958 and was initially operated by the 2nd Fighter Aviation Regiment (2 Pulk Lotnictwa Mysliwskiego) at Goleniow airport in Szczecin, Poland.

After many years of service in Poland the aircraft was released for private sale and shipped to the United States in 1993. It was acquired by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in 1994 and placed on static display. The aircraft features a complete cockpit, including its original ejection seat, gun sight, radios and instrumentation.

 

ENGINE VK-1F after-burning turbojet 7,452 lbs. of thrust
ARMAMENT One N-37 37mm cannon and two NR-23 23mm cannons
WING SPAN 30 feet, 10 inches
LENGTH 36 feet, 5 inches
HEIGHT 12 feet, 3 inches
MAX TAKEOFF WEIGHT 13,386 pounds
CREW 1
MANUFACTURED BY Mikoyan Gurevich
TOTAL BUILT Over 3,000
TOTAL EXISTING Unknown
FIRST BUILT 1952
MUSEUM'S AIRCRAFT BUILT 1958
ON DISPLAY AT Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas, Texas
MAXIMUM SPEED 715 m.p.h.
RANGE W/EXTERNAL TANKS 1,038 miles
SERVICE CEILING 52,841 feet
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The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America's aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation.




4572 Claire Chennault, Addison, TX 75001  [Map] (North of Downtown Dallas)

Phone Number: 972-380-8800

Hours: Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Admission: Adults: $10.00 Seniors & Military: $8.00 Children (4 - 12): $5.00 Children 3 & Under: Free


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