1960 MiG 17PF Lim 5P
Complete Logs Since New
Same owner for the last 23 years! This aircraft is seen regularly on the air show circuit. The new owner could continue with that program if they desired.
This aircraft has a thorough restoration with many new parts and pieces installed during the restoration process. Once of the cleanest MiG 17's you'll find.
62 SMOH in 02/92
400 hours TBO
Becker AR 4201 COMM
Collins PN-101 HSI
Becker ATC-4401 Transponder
Two Drop Tanks
Original natural aluminum
Original--grey-green interior paints with black vinyl seat.
Main wheel struts redesigned internally to accept American seals and eliminate constant strut failures.
Annual completed 06/17
All new engine and airframe fuel hoses 2017
New tires installed 2017
The MiG-17 PF, a radar equipped variant, was developed in the early 1950's, The P designation is for the Russian Word POISKOVVY, which stands for search, and the F is for the Russian word FORSIROVANNYY which stands for boosted or afterburner equipped. Production was given high priority since it was the first Soviet fighter capable of defending Soviet air space around the clock. However, because of the low number of ground radar stations to direct the aircraft close enough to the targets, the effectiveness of the MiG-17 PF was greatly reduced.
There are several physical differences between the MiG-17F and the MiG-17PF. The major differences are the PF incorporates two radomes in the nose, one is for search radar and one if for tracking radar. Also the gun camera is relocated to the right side, and the 37mm cannon is replaced by a 23mm cannon, (because of increased radar weight), the forward end is approximately one foot longer, and the cockpit is larger with n increased rake on the windscreen.
The MiG-a7PF was spotted by NATO observers in 1956, and given the name Fresco D. There were many production variants and remained in front-line service until replaced by the Mig 21F-13, in the early 1960's.
During 1958, Poland received a number of early production MiG-17PF Fresco D's from the Soviet Union. These were the first to enter Polish service. At this time lso licensed production of the MiG-17PF was initiated in the WSK factory at Mielec under the designation of Lim-5P. Six production batches were built, (129 aircraft total), the last 1D-0641 was delivered 29 December 1960.
The MiG-17 PF was a low production variant, only a few hundred were built, compared to the total MiG-17 production of close to 10,800.
This particular aircrafat, ID-620, was completed in December 1960. It was the twentieth aircrafat in the sixth production batch. It then went tinto Polish AF active service until approximately 1966 when it became "inactive," and went to a training facility at Zamosc for aircraft mechanics students. It remained there until purchased by current owner in 1993.
1D-620 arriced here February 1994, and was in much worse condition than expected. When Communism collapsed in 1989, the military personnel walked off the bases, the civilians came in, looted, and vandalized, and it was a very difficult / unstable time. 1D-620 had been outside for almost 30 years, had been worked on by students, and now had been vandalized. Instruments were smashed, instruments missing, etc., and then cut and ripped apart and packed very poorly. This resulted in it shifting in the container doing much damage. On top of this, many pieces and other critical parts did not get put into the container, because of sub-zero temperatures when taken apart.
Literally, every piece of this aircraft was reworked (many times more than once) or replaced. It was rebuilt / restored to be as it was in 1960 when built, with the exception of internal radar units, some US instruments and cockpit labeling in English. It is in natural finish with Polish markings and stenciling. Its first flight after restoration was in July 2008. It is the only D model flying in the world.