The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variations. The MiG-17 built on the success of the Soviet MiG-15 in the Korean War (1950 – 1953).
The MiG-17 proved to be an effective threat against the supersonic fighters of the US in the Vietnam War (1955 – 1975). The MiG-17’s maneuverability and cannon armament proved legendary in Vietnam War dogfights.
The Lim-5 was a Polish attack aircraft used by the Polish Air Force. It was a variant of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17. The aircraft on display is the Polish built PZL-Mielec LIM-5 painted in the camouflage of a MiG-17 of the Vietnamese Air Force.
- Name: Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 / PZL-Mielec LIM-5
- Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-17
- NATO reporting name: Fresco
- China: Shenyang J-5
- Poland: PZL-Mielec Lim-5
- Role: Fighter aircraft
- National origin: Soviet Union
- Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich
- First flight: 1950
- Introduction: 1952
- Primary users: Soviet Air Force; PLA Air Force; Polish Air Force; Vietnam People’s Air Force
- Number built: 11,060
- Museum: Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum
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