Made famous by the Vietnam War, the MiG-17F was the primary enemy aircraft engaged in the skies over Vietnam by U.S. aircraft, such as the A-4,A-7, F-8, B-52, F-100, F-105 and its primary nemesis, the F-4 Phantom II.

During that war and up until the F-16 entered service, it was the tightest-turning fighter in the world. When production started in the 1950s, its VK-1F engine made it one of the first production jet fighters in the world with an afterburner. The MiG-17F could carry bombs, rockets, or extra fuel tanks under its wings.

In its lower nose it carried some of the largest guns ever used for air-to-air combattwo 23mm cannons and one 37mm cannon. The MiG-17F #1611 entered service with the Soviet bloc in March 1960 and wasnt withdrawn from service until May 1990. Photos of the aircraft in Europe can be seen at

The MiG-17F can maintain 8g turns (8g = 8 times the force of gravity on the pilots body), attain a maximum speed of 715 mph (Mach 1.04) and can climb to 30,000 feet in only 3 minutes, with an initial rate of climb better than 14,000 feet per minute.

The MiG-17F was a very nimble fighter that could prove deadly unless respected when engaged by pilots with superior training and tactics such as those used by the U.S. Navy and Air Force. One moments complacency when fighting against the MiG-17F could prove fatal. It was flown by over 20 countries, three of which still fly it. Because of its famous heritage and great maneuverability, it makes one of the best air show jets in the world, able to stay in front of the fans while still flying at great speeds.

Randy Balls MiG-17F spent almost four years in restoration, and is one of only a handful of vintage jets flying the North American air show circuit. It has an authentic paint job and is the only MiG available for ground display with fully restored guns. Randys MIG has been seen by millions of air show fans across North America and has been featured in numerous publications, appearing on t-shirts, newspapers, posters, and more. It has been filmed on several occasions including performing as the enemy aircraft with the USAFs F-4 Phantom* for the Discovery Channel and History Channel. To Keep up with #1611 go to

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This aircraft was built in Europe and flew for Soviet bloc countries until the early 1980s.

In 2001, a four-year, top-to-bottom restoration was completed.



Rate of Climb: 30,000 feet in 3 minutes
Service Ceiling: 53,296 feet
Top Speed: 715mph
Engine: VK-1F afterburning jet engine
Max. Thrust: 7,452lbs.
Max. weight: 13,386lbs.