Friday pictures: MiG-17
This entry is late for the simple fact I have been away on vacation this week, but I am back in time to slide this post in under the wire.
First flown in 1950, the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 (NATO reporting name Fresco) is an obvious development of the MiG-15. Compound wing-sweep, a ventral fin, and varying wing fence configurations distinguish the two designs, which both share the same engine, an unlicensed copy of the Rolls Royce Nene, ill-advisedly sold to the Russians by the British Labour government under Prime Minister Clement Attlee. The MiG-15 made a previous appearance in the Friday pictures series here.
Several restored MiG-17 aircraft have been making the airshow rounds this summer, and images of them have been cropping up on Flickr, some of which are simply too good to let them go unremarked. To my eye the MiG-17 is no beauty, but its old design is very much a classic, and to see it perform is a great reminder both of how nimble these planes were and for how much things have changed since then. As always, my thanks to the generous photographers at Flickr who share such work so freely.
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