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PZL-Mielec Lim-5 (MiG-17F)

By Htam

DSC_0796.jpg@ Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV

November 2007

A Polish built MiG-17 being prepped for its performance at the Aviation Nation airshow.  Originally known as “Red Star Airshows”, and then the “Stoli MiGs”, this duo team was last sponsored by Smirnoff and performed as the Smirnoff MiGs.  First flown in 1950, the MiG-17 was an advanced development of the very similar looking MiG-15.  More than 10,600 have been produced and some are reportedly still in service with the Ugandan Air Force. In 1955, Poland received a license for MiG-17 production, building them in the WSK-Mielec factory under the designation Lim-5 (an abbreviation of licencyjny myśliwiec – licence-built fighter). The first Lim-5 was built on 28 November 1956 and 477 were built by 1960. Nikon D70s w/70-300mm.

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