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HA5906 J-5 Jet Fighter Red 0101, China Air Force (PLAAF), 1956

The Soviet built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco) was initially called the MiG-15bis+45° and completed its maiden flight on January 13, 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 Shenyang J-5 (NATO – Fresco) was a licensed version of the Soviet MiG-17. In the 1950s the PLAAF received several MiG-17As and designated them J-4 but in order for the PLAAF to use the latest production methods they needed newer aircraft so they obtained plans, kits and parts for the MiG-17F that would eventually become the J-5. The first built J-5 was serial 0101 and performed its maiden flight on July 19, 1956. This aircraft is on display at the China Aviation Museum located 40 km (25 mi) north of Beijing.

Specifications for MiG-17F (Fresco C)
Crew – 1
Number All MiG-17 Manufactured – 8,000+ in USSR and 3,000+ licensed (Shenyang
J-5/F-5/JJ -5/FT-5, Avia S-104, PZL Lim-5/6)
Dimensions
Length – 36 ft 11.5 in (11.26 m) Wingspan – 31 ft 7 in (9.63 m) Height – 12 ft 5.5 in (3.80 m)
Weights
Empty – 8,640 lb (3,919 kg) Loaded – 11,770 lb (5,350 kg) Maximum Take-off – 13, 375 lb (6,069 kg)
Performance
Engine 1 X Klimov VK-1F Afterburning Turbojet Thrust Dry – 5,955 lbf (26.5kN) Thrust With Afterburner – 7,423 lbf (33.8 kN) Maximum Speed @ 10.000 ft (3,000 m) – 711 mph (1,145 km/h / 618 knots / Mach 0.968) Service Ceiling – 54,450 ft (16,600 m) Rate Of Climb – 12,800 ft/min (65 m/sec) Range With Drop Tanks – 1,280 mi (2,060 km)
Armament
1 X 37 mm Nudelman N-37 Cannon w/ 40 Rounds 2 X 23 mm Nudelman-Rilhter NR-23 Cannons w/80 Rounds Per Gun 2 X External Pylons Up To 1,100 lbs – Bombs, Unguided Rockets, Fuel Tanks