The Soviet built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco) was initially called the MiG-15bis+45° and
completed its maiden flight on January 14, 1950 and entered service in 1952. There were five
variants of the MiG-17 with the MiG-17F (Fresco C) becoming the main variant. The new Klimov
VK-1F engine was the first Soviet built engine with an afterburner and variable nozzle. The
installation of this new engine gave the MiG-17F double the rate of climb of previous variants and
greatly improved vertical maneuvers. This aircraft lacked radar and was purely a day-time fighter.



The Soviet Union wouldn’t tolerate the liberal policies of the Warsaw Pact Czechoslovakian
Communist regime so on August 20 – 21, 1968 the Soviet Union along with Bulgaria, Hungary,
East Germany and Poland sent forces to Prague to put an end to Alexander Dubček's leadership.
Romania and Albania refused to partake in the invasion. Initially 250,000 troops and 2,000 tanks
entered Czechoslovakia along with air support. MiG-17A Blue 88 wearing red invasion stripes
was one of the rare PVO aircraft to take part in the invasion. The PVO was a homeland defense
force.


Specifications Mikoyan MiG-17A

Country Of Origin – USSR

Manufacturer – Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB

Maiden Flight – January 14, 1950

Introduced Into Service – October 1952

Number Built In USSR – 6,000+

Role – Daytime Fighter

Crew – Pilot

Dimensions
Length
Fuselage – 30 ft 2.4 in   (9.2 m)
Total Length – 36 ft 11.5 in   (11.26 m)
Wingspan – 31 ft 7 in   (9.62 m)
Height – 12 ft 5.6 in   (3.8 m)

Weight
Empty – 11,460 lb   (5,200 kg)
Maximum Take-Off – 13,068 lb   (5,929 kg)
Fuel – 2,585 lb   (1,173 kg)

Performance
Power Plant – 1 X Klimov VK-1A
Maximum Speed @ Sea Level – 658 mph   (1,060 km/h)   (572 kt)
Time To 33,000 Feet – 5.2 minutes
Service Ceiling – 51,170 ft   (15,600 m)
Range @ 32,800 ft  (10,000 m) – 735 miles   (1,185 km)

Armament
Cannons
1 X 37 mm Nudelman N-37D (40 Rounds)
2 X 23 mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 (80 Rounds Per Gun)
Bombs
2 X 220 lb   (110 kg)
OR
1 X 550 lb   (250 kg)
OR
2 X Drop Tanks
True 1/72 scale.

Professionally painted.

Great attention to detail.

All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).

Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.

Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.

Loads of optional armament provided.

Canopy can be displayed open or closed.

Pilot figure included.

Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.

Highly collectable.
Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA5903
MIG-17 "Fresco A"
Blue 88, Soviet Air Force,  August 1968
"Invasion of Czechoslovakia"
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