Hobby Master HA5911 | MIG-17F Fresco "Nile Delta" Egyptian Air Force, 1973


MIG-17F Fresco "Nile Delta"
Egyptian Air Force, 1973


Scale 1:72 / Diecast model





General Background:


The Soviet built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco) was initially called the MiG-15bis+45° and completed its maiden flight on January 13, 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.


The Aircraft:


The Egyptian Air Force received its first MiG-17s in 1956, deploying them against the Israeli invasion of the Sinai during the early stages of the Suez Crisis. The MiG-17 continued in use in the Yom Kippur War, fought from October 6 to 25, 1973 between Israel and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria.