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Klimov VK-1
7,243 lbs.
37 ft. 0 in.
31 ft. 7 in.
8,640 lbs.
13,375 lbs.
1- 37mm; 2- 23mm
520 mph
712 mph
12,800 fpm
54,500 feet
1,150 miles


The idea of the MiG-17, produced by Mikoyan-Gurevich, was conceived in 1949 as an aircraft with better high speed handling than its predecessor. That was accomplished by decreasing the thickness while increasing the sweep and length of its wing while increasing the height of its vertical stabilizer, and eventually adding an afterburner to its engine.

The MiG-17 prototype first took to the sky on January 14, 1950 with deployment of production aircraft beginning in October of 1952. The first MiG-17 model used the same illegal copy of the Rolls Royce Nene engine as its predecessor. The MiG-17 model F introduced an afterburner to the engine that produced an additional 1,470 lbs. of thrust. The gun sight of the MiG-17 was a copy of the one used on American Jet fighters, made possible with the capture of a U.S. jet by North Korea.

In 1956 a total of 47 MiG-17 aircraft were converted to become the first fighter aircraft of the Soviet Union armed with air to air missiles. These aircraft were each equipped with four ARS-212 “Akali” radar guided missiles.

The MiG-17 saw action with the North Vietnam Air Force from 1965 to 1972. Although slower than U.S. front line fighters, they were a smaller target, more maneuverable, and when equipped with cannons, more effective in close air-to-air combat. MiG-17 aircraft claimed 28 air-to-air victories over U.S. aircraft. The United States claimed the downing of 63 MiG-17 aircraft.

MiG-17 aircraft were deployed to Warsaw Pact nations in addition to a number of non-aligned nations. They are still used by the air forces of many nations today.

A total of some 10,360 MiG-17 aircraft were produced, primarily by the Soviet Union. About 1,000 were built under license in Poland and 1,060 were built under license by China.

MiG-17 - RC Lander


The MiG-17 from RC Lander is an ARF that has a 41 in. wingspan and 49 1/2 in. length.  Recommended power is from a HET 650-68 motor turning a WeMoTec 90 mm midi fan.  All up weight is about 7 lbs.

The Air Age Store has MiG-17 plans designed by Jim Young.  They build to a wingspan of 28 in. and a length of 33 in.  Recommended is an Ammo 24-45-3790 motor turning a Great Planes 56 mm Hyperflow fan unit.