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HA5907 J-5 Jet Fighter Red 2671, China Air Force (PLAAF), 1960s

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 J-5 performed its maiden flight on July 19, 1956. J-5 Red 2671 belonged to the 24th Division, PLAAF and was flown by Li Chunguang who shot down a RoC Hu-16A in 1966.

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