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MiG 17 Somalia 1 by WS-Clave MiG 17 Somalia 1 by WS-Clave
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 differences between the 17 and the 15 are; longer fuselage overall, more swept back wings, with three wing fences, engine area, and air brakes.

The differences between the 17 and the 17F are in the engine housing and air brakes.

Like the MiG-15, the MiG-17 was exported to many pro-Soviet countries, and also licence-built by Poland and China.

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 MiG-17 of the Somali Air Force, circa 1977.
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
That was before they were all destroyed (along with the air force) when the civil war started (after another war with a neighborn country).
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
That happens a lot in Africa
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Yeah... thats a pretty unstable continent...
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