Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F Fresco C – EP-01, 1st Fighter Division, Czech Air Force 1957

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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA5904: Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F Fresco C serial EP-01 of Czechoslovak Air Force, as flown by Josef Kukel, Commander of the 1st Fighter Division, Czechoslovak Air Force based at Prague/Ruzyne in 1957

Length 6.25 inches Wingspan 5.25 inches

PLEASE NOTE; Box lid has a few light scuffs. Model is new.

MiG-17F Fresco C EP-01 and EP-02 were delivered in late 1955 to the Czechoslovak Air Force for evaluation purposes. The plan was to possibly produce the MiG-17F under license but authorities decided it was more practical to build the super-sonic MiG-19P/S Farmer. With that the two MiG-17Fs became the personal aircraft of the Commander of the 1st Fighter Division, Major General Josef Kukel and Deputy Defence Minister Lt. General Josef Vosahlo respectively. In 1957 EP-01 received a new serial 0952 and in December 1966 was scrapped.

The Soviet built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (NATO reporting name: Fresco) was initially called the MiG-15bis+45° and completed its maiden flight on January 14, 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.

MiG-17s first saw combat in 1958 in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis and later proved to be an effective threat against more modern supersonic fighters of the United States in the Vietnam War. It was also briefly known as the Type 38 by U.S. Air Force designation prior to the development of NATO codes

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