10 Facts About Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17


Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the Soviet Union from 1952 and was operated by air forces internationally.

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The MiG-17 was license-built in China as the Shenyang J-5 and Poland as the PZL-Mielec Lim-6.

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 is still being used by the North Korean air force in the present day and has seen combat in the Middle East and Asia.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 was an advanced modification of the MiG-15 aircraft produced by the Soviet Union during the Korean War.

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Production of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 was too late for use in that conflict and was first used in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1958.

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 shared the same Klimov VK-1 engine, and much of the rest of its construction such as the forward fuselage, landing gear and gun installation was carried over.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 was the primary interceptor of the fledgling VPAF in 1965, responsible for their first aerial victories and seeing extensive service during the Vietnam War.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 was not originally designed to function as a fighter-bomber, but in 1971 Hanoi directed that United States Navy warships were to be attacked by elements of the VPAF.

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 became a standard fighter in all Warsaw Pact countries in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 formed a major part of the Arab air strength during the Six-Day War in June 1967.

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