MiG-17

The night Chinese scrambled 12 MiGs to intercept a lone CIA B-17 Spy Plane. They failed, and two of them crashed.

The night Chinese scrambled 12 MiGs to intercept a lone CIA B-17 Spy Plane. They failed, and two of them crashed.

The MiG-17 The Soviet MiG-17 (NATO code-name "Fresco") was designed to replace the famous MiG-15 of the Korean War. Although… Read More

2 days ago

US Navy A-1 pilot recalls when his section of Skyraider attack aircraft shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 fighter jet

The A-1 Skyraider The “Able Dog” or “Spad,” as the A-1 Skyraider was called, earned its stellar reputation as one… Read More

4 weeks ago

The story of the famed photo of when a MiG-17 had a Tail Strike after completing a Loop during an Airshow (the Aircraft landed with very Minor Damage)

MiG-17 Tail Strike after completing a Loop Taken during a 1990 airshow in Harrison, Arkansas, the incredible photo in this… Read More

1 month ago

The night 13 MiG-17 fighters failed to shoot down an RB-47 flying a recce mission 1,000 kilometres into Soviet Airspace

The RB-47 During the early part of the Cold War, the US Air Force needed an aircraft to gather information… Read More

5 months ago

US Army OV-1 pilot explains how he was able to shoot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 by means of his Mohawk’s rockets and gun

The strangest aerial engagement of the Vietnam War In late February 1968, what was perhaps the strangest aerial engagement of… Read More

7 months ago

The Totskoye Nuclear Exercise, the deadliest military exercise in history where Soviets dropped an atomic bomb on their own soldiers

Just few days before the exercise, the Tu-4 crew members were informed that they would not only drop a live… Read More

7 months ago

A US Navy F-4 scored the first Official US Aerial Victory of the Vietnam War against a Chinese MiG-17. But it remained unconfirmed for many years. Here’s why.

Years after, in piecing together the events of the air battle, the destruction of the Chinese MiG-17 was given to… Read More

8 months ago

The story of the AIM-9 Sidewinder that Failed to Detonate, Got Embedded in a MiG-17 and was Reverse-Engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll

The MiG-17 made a safe landing, the Sidewinder was extracted and the Communists promptly rushed it to the USSR, where… Read More

9 months ago

The Fearsome Crusader scored its last MiG Kill against a North Vietnamese MiG-17 pilot that chose to eject when he found his opponent was an F-8 instead of an F-4

Lt Jerry Tucker kill was disallowed on the grounds that it had been achieved without the use of any weapons,… Read More

11 months ago

The story of the IAF Skyhawk pilot who shot down two Syrian MiG-17s flying an A-4 fitted with French-designed and Israeli-manufactured 30 mm DEFA Cannon

Dotan squeezed the trigger and fired a long burst into the jet's right wing root. The wing was quickly ripped… Read More

11 months ago

During a dogfight over Vietnam an F-8 pilot fired an AIM-9 to a MiG-17 but instead the Sidewinder tracked a Crusader. The missile ended up destroying another AIM-9.

The story of a confused dogfight during the Vietnam War. After having shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 on May… Read More

12 months ago

How the Mohawk became MiG Killer: the story of the US Army OV-1 pilot that shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17

The OV-1 Mohawk achieved the only US Army air-to-air victory during the Vietnam War. In 1957, the US Army identified… Read More

1 year ago

Former USMC F-4 pilot tells the story of when he and his wingman Nearly Shot Down two Cuban MiG-17s flying over the Keys

“The flight lasted only about 25 minutes, and we landed back at base with only 800 lbs of fuel. Both… Read More

1 year ago

The story of Robin Olds’ “vengeful chase” after North Vietnamese MiG-17s which had shot down his wingman and that resulted in two Fresco kills by Olds

'The MiG pilot had three choices', Brig Gen Robin Olds explained. 'He could bale out, hit that ridge of hills… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know that in the 1960s China used the Soviet copy of the B-29 to intercept CIA B-17 and P-2 Spy Flights from Taiwan?

The Tupolev Tu-4 was the Soviet copy of the four-engined B-29. In 1952, ten of them were transferred to China… Read More

2 years ago

How thanks to its only F-4 MiG kill, VF-111 Sundowners became the first fighter unit within the US Navy to claim MiG kills with two different types of aircraft

This victory was claimed three-and-a-heft years after 'Sundowner' Lt Tony Nargi had bagged a MiG-21 in an F-8C on Sep.… Read More

2 years ago

The story behind the famed photo of a MiG-17 having a Tail Strike after completing a Loop during an Airshow (the Aircraft landed with very Minor Damage)

The incredible photo in this post features a MiG-17 fighter aircraft having a tail strike after his pilot completed a… Read More

2 years ago