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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 Fresco U.S.A.F. by bagera3005 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 Fresco U.S.A.F. by bagera3005
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 Fresco USAF

A number of U.S. federal agencies undertook a program at Groom Lake to evaluate the MiG-17 to help fight the Vietnam War, as North Vietnamese MiG-17s and MiG-21s had a kill rate against them of 9:1. The program was code-named HAVE DRILL, involving trials of two ex-Syrian MiG-17F Frescos over the skies of Groom Lake. These aircraft were given USAF designations and fake serial numbers so that they may be identified in DOD standard flight logs.

In addition to tracking the dog fights staged between the various MiG models against virtually every fighter in U.S. service, and against SAC's B-52 Stratofortress and B-58 Hustlers to test the ability of the bombers’ countermeasures systems. They also performed radar cross-section and propulsion tests that contributed greatly to improvements in U.S. aerial performance in Vietnam.

According to the FAA there are 27 privately owned MiG-17s in the U.S.

General characteristics

Crew: One
Length: 11.26 m (36 ft 11½ in)
Wingspan: 9.63 m (31 ft 7 in)
Height: 3.80 m (12 ft 5½ in)
Wing area: 22.6 m² (243.3 ft²)
Empty weight: 3,919 kg[32] (8,640 lb)
Loaded weight: 5,350 kg (11,770 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 6,069 kg (13,375 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Klimov VK-1F afterburning turbojet
Dry thrust: 22.5 kN (5,046 lbf)
Thrust with afterburner: 33.8 kN (7,423 lbf)


Maximum speed: 1,145 km/h (618 knots, 711 mph) at 3,000 m (10,000 ft)
Range: 2,060 km (1,111 nmi, 1,280 mi) with drop tanks
Service ceiling: 16,600 m (54,450 ft)
Rate of climb: 65 m/s (12,800 ft/min)
Wing loading: 237 kg/m² (48 lb/ft²)
Thrust/weight: 0.63


1x 37 mm Nudelman N-37 cannon (40 rounds total)
2x 23 mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 cannons (80 rounds per gun, 160 rounds total)
Up to 500 kg (1,100 lb) of external stores on two pylons, including 100 kg (220 lb) and 250 kg (550 lb) bombs, unguided rockets or external fuel tanks.

(some versions equipped with 3x NR-23 cannons and 2x AA-2 Atoll missiles)
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JESzasz Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
 A 9:1 kill ratio? Against us? 

 Man, that must've been a very disturbing factoid. You just know your fighters are really bad when your enemy downs way more of your aircraft than you do theirs.
Mirumoto-Kenjiro Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Ex-Syrian? Perhaps those captured by Israelis in the Six-Day War?
arenafighter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
So Cool!
MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen one of them fly, thy're speedy little things. I'm told the Fresco was the plane that gave our pilots the hardest time because it was so small and manueverable. But anyway, are you saying this program at Groom lake may have lead to the Top Gun and Red Flag programs?
Eihort Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Go Red Eagles!
Passin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Sweet work
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