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MiG-17 Fresco

MiG-17 Fresco

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MiG-17 Variants

TransportTags is proud to present to you a true icon of the Soviet Air Force and the Vietnam War - the MiG-17 "Fresco-A", Serial Number 541499, with nose marking "Red 124". These remarkable TransportTags, made from the skin of this storied MiG-17A, not only represent the legacy of the "Fresco" but also serve as a testament to the rich heritage of both the Soviet and Bulgarian Air Forces. Manufactured on September 21, 1953 in the USSR, this MiG-17 “Fresco-A” variant first took to the skies as part of the Soviet Air Force, showcasing the technological strides of its era. After being decommissioned from the Soviet Air Force, it was delivered to the Bulgarian Air Force in December 1961, thus creating a legacy of service that spanned years and transcended borders. 

Our aircraft Red 124 on the flight ramp in Bulgaria next to Red 45 which would suffer a fatal crash in 1980.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, this MiG-17A was an integral part of the 21st Fighter Regiment (21 IAP) in Uzundzhovo, Bulgaria, steadily clocking hours and demonstrating its reliability. By 1981, it was transferred to the 26th Reconnaissance Regiment (26 RAP) in Tolbuhin, Bulgaria (now known as Dobrich). The aircraft dutifully served with the regiment until its retirement, recording a total of 2315:29 hours on its airframe. These flight hours stand as testimony of the countless missions it embarked upon, each one contributing to its rich history and impressive record.

Our MiG Red 124 in the Dolna Mitropoliya Boneyard in Bulgaria. Credit: Chennell Productions

The mid-1980s marked the end of this MiG-17's active service, but not its journey.  After retirement, it was stored at the Dolna Mitropoliya Airbase in Bulgaria, maintaining its silent vigil under the skies it once conquered. In the mid-1990s, the aircraft was put up for sale and eventually found its way to the USA, continuing its legacy across the Atlantic. The journey of this aircraft, from the assembly line in the Soviet Union, soaring the skies of the Motherland, and then in Uzundzhovo Bulgaria in the 70s, through its storage at Dolna Mitropoliya in 1995 - and its eventual migration to the USA, stands as a true testament to the enduring spirit of aviation and the impressive history of the MiG-17 "Fresco".

Credit: Chennell Productions

TransportTags acquired this MiG-17 in the fall of 2023. We were impressed with its provenance and pedigree from not just the Soviet Air Force, but also the Bulgarian Air Force. Sadly, this MiG had been stripped and scattered during its importation process to the United States, so it was not feasible to do a full restoration. However, we felt that it was an important aircraft, and that through our tags its history could be preserved and shared, effectively saluting the “Frescos” storied legacy. 

These MiG-17 TransportTags showcase the breathtaking and vibrant color scheme of the Bulgarian Air Force. From the mesmerizing blue on the underside to the rugged green and tan camouflages, the striking anodized gold, and the exquisite Red Star Roundel of the Bulgarian Air Force, these tags capture the essence of the aircraft's livery. It can be argued that the Bulgarian Air Force's livery is the most vibrant among all MiG-17 aircraft. When you are holding a MiG-17 TransportTag in your hand, you are not just holding a piece of aviation history - but also a part of the Soviet Union.

Vehicle History

The MiG-17, also known as the "Fresco," is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. The MiG-17 was developed as an improvement on the remarkably successful MiG-15 that had a significant impact during the Korean War against American aircraft. Its design and performance had been instrumental in combating US forces in Korea, and it was with this foundation that the MiG-17 was spawned. The MiG-17 featured several enhancements, including a new thin-wing design and a more powerful engine that improved its overall performance.

The early variants of the MiG-17, namely the Fresco A models did not incorporate afterburners. Afterburners, which provide temporary thrust for quick acceleration, were not a standard feature in these initial models. However, as technology advanced and the need for increased speed and maneuverability became evident, later versions, such as the MiG-17F were equipped with afterburners. This shift significantly improved the aircraft's performance, particularly in terms of speed and response times.

Another notable modification was the introduction of radar variants. While the initial iterations of the MiG-17 were not equipped with radar, subsequent models (Various MiG-17P Variants) incorporated radar systems to improve detection and targeting capabilities. This enhancement significantly improved the MiG-17's combat effectiveness, enabling it to perform better in various operational scenarios and weather conditions.

The MiG-17 served prominently in the Soviet and Eastern Bloc air forces, demonstrating its prowess and adaptability. Its high performance and versatility made it a formidable deterrent asset in these air forces. Beyond the Eastern Bloc, the MiG-17 also saw active combat roles in the Middle East against Israel, showcasing its combat capabilities in different theaters of war. 

In the Vietnam War, despite being technologically outmatched, the MiG-17 in both its A & F variants proved formidable against advanced American aircraft, scoring 28 kills. Vietnamese pilots leveraged the aircraft's superior agility and low-speed performance, outmaneuvering their adversaries, which further solidified the MiG-17's reputation in aerial warfare. 

In conclusion, the MiG-17's evolution from the MiG-15, its various modifications, and its service record in various air forces attest to its tremendous significance in aviation history. Its impact on aerial warfare, particularly during the Vietnam War and conflicts in the Middle East, underscores its effectiveness and adaptability in diverse combat scenarios, making us proud to now offer you your very own MiG-17 TransportTags.

Product Specifics

To showcase the distinctiveness of each red star roundel, we utilized a group photograph, and one will be selected randomly for shipping.

Rivet Tags will either be Sky Blue or Anodized Gold and shipped at random.

Vehicle Stats


 Engine Klimov VK-1 Turbojet Engine
Top Speed  1145kmh / 711mph  (Mach .93 @ 3,000m / 9,800ft)
Ceiling 16,600m / 54.500ft
Length 11.26m / 36'11"
Wingspan 9.63m / 31'7"
Max Payload 500 kg / 1102 lbs
Kills Credited with 28 (Vietnam War)
1 × Nudelman N-37 37mm autocannon
2 × 23mm Nudelman-Rikhter autocannons

2 × UB-16-57 rocket pods for S5 rockets

2 × 250 kg (550 lb) bombs


Product Dimensions

Card Dimensions

Length: 5 1/2"

Width: 3 1/2"

Tag Dimensions

Length: 3"

Width: 1.75"

Thickness: 1mm - 4mm


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