The MiG-17 was designed as a replacement for the MiG-15 by the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau. Production started in 1951, and improvements and new versions continued until 1958.
The MiG-17 had the same engine as the MiG-15, and the MiG-17F had the Klimov VK-1F engine with afterburner. Later versions were equipped with radar and missiles P and PF but the vast majority were the Day Fighter versions.
The MiG-17 was armed with 1 x 37 mm cannon, and 2 x 23 mm cannon. It could also carry bombs or fuel tanks on under-wing hard points.
This example is a Shenyang FT-5 of the Zimbabwe Air Force 1980.