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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 / PZL-Mielec LIM-5

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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.

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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.

Essential Facts:

  • 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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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons