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The following is a copy of the handout I provide at airshows.  I hope it proves informative and useful.

MiG 17 - Lim 6bis and Lim 6R

N619M was purchased in Poland in 1992 by its current owner and pilot, George Lazik of Woodland Hills, California. It was imported in 1993 and restored as you see it today. With the exception of civilian radios and two flight instruments, N619M is original in virtually every sense including its color scheme.

The Lim 6bis is a ground attack version of the infamous MiG 17F. The NATO name for the MiG 17F was the "Fresco C". N619M, a low level reconnaissance version of the Lim 6bis, is known as a Lim 6R. N619M (s/n 1J0619), built in 1963, is also one of the last MiG 17 derivatives built anywhere in the world; the last being Lim 6bis (s/n 1J0640) which was built in February 24, 1964. N619M is in the same Polish colors and markings it had while on operational status with the 45th Fighter-Bomber Training Regiment (Lotniczy Pulk Szkolno-Rojowy) at Babimost and the same as when it was purchased .

A very noteworthy item is that the MiG 17F was the first operational aircraft. anywhere in the world to have an afterburner! It was developed in the late 1940s in the MiG OKB by a team managed by A. I. Komossarov and G. Ye. Lzino-Lozinskiy and with the help of TsIAM. The afterburner increased the original MiG 17 VK-1A engine’s thrust by 25% . The new engine was known as the VK-1F and used on all MiG 17 after serial number 850. This new aircraft. was subsequently known as the MiG 17F.

All MiG 17s were armed with one N-37D (37mm) cannon and two NR-23 (23 mm) cannons, but, as noted above, the Lim 6bis is unique to Poland and designed as a ground attack fighter. For this role the Lim 6bis and Lim 6R also carried two UB-16-57 air-to-ground rocket pods and had a drag chute located under its rudder. The Lim 6R, unlike the Lim 6bis, also has a photographic pod for two aerial surveillance cameras on the aft. right-hand side of its fuselage.

Historical and Developmental Information

The original MiG 17 resulted from the effort of Soviet designers to increase the maximum speed of the MiG 15, solely by improving its aerodynamic factors; that is, without giving it a single additional pound of thrust. This they achieved with the MiG 17 SI-1 prototype by performing some of the major modifications listed below.


Fuselage lengthened 2’ 11.5" (900 mm) and speedbrake area increased to 18.9 square inches (1.76 square meters).


Wing sweepback at quarter chord increased to 45º from the root to midspan, and 42º beyond that. Resulting leading edge sweep was thus 49º and 45º, respectively.


Wing area enlarged by 21.5 square feet (2 square meters) and anhedral increased to 3º with a 1º wing incidence.


Three wing fences on each side, as opposed to two on the MiG 15, with improved wing-to-fuselage junction.


Thinner wing profile - TsAGI S-12s at root, TsAGI SR-11 at tip.

During trial test flights in 1951, pilots S. A. Anokhin and P.I. Kazmin achieved Mach 1.14; however that speed was never used operationally. Factory tests and state acceptance trials were completed on September 1, 1951 and full production began in no less than six factories under Soviet decree No. 851. Many variations on the basic design followed, including the much improved MiG 17F which incorporated the world’s first operational afterburner (reheat) and other improvements. At different times, nearly forty countries on three continents chose the MiG 17 for their air forces. In particular, during the Vietnam war, the MiG 17F unfortunately proved to be a formidable and deadly opponent for United States forces; often being chosen over the more powerful and faster MiG 21 "Fishbed" by that country’s air aces.

General Information

Note: The following information is for the Lim 6R (reconnaissance version of Lim 6bis) which was generally flown in a heavier configuration than the MiG 17F by as much as 1,000 lb. due to extra fuel, rockets, and cameras.  When, however, the MiG 17F and Lim 6bis or Lim 6R were flown in comparable configurations, their performance figures were quite similar.

N619M was gone through in 1993 and this extra weight, and then some, was totally eliminated.  Today, its empty weight is just under 9,000 lb. 

Registration: N619M

Manufacturer: WSK Factory in Mielec Poland

Model / Serial Number: Lim 6R / 1J0619


Span: 30 ft.. 10 in.

Length: 36 ft.. 5 in.

Wing Area: 243 sq. ft.

Airfoil Sections: Root - TsAGI S-12 (12%), Tip - TsAGI SR-11 (11%)

Wing Sweep: 49° to midspan / 45° past midspan

Wing Anhedral: 3°


Engine: WSK-Rzeszow Lis-5 (Polish derivative of Russian KlimovVK-1F )

Engine Thrust: 5,830 lb. dry thrust - 7,436 lb. with afterburner


Empty Weight: 9,557 lb. (actual for N619M is only 9,000 lb.)

Fuel Capacity: 366 gal. (2,452 lb.) internal, 566 gal. (3,792 lb.) with 2 X 105 US-gallon drop tanks

Take-off Weight: 11,752 lb. internal fuel only - 13,092 lb. with two 105 US-gallon drop tanks

Maximum Take-off Weight: 14,354 lb. with two 105 US-gal. drop tanks and two loaded UB-16-57 rocket pods

Take-off and Climb Performance

Take-off Roll: 1,935 ft. dry - 1,635 ft. with afterburner

Take-off Speed: 127 kts.

Initial Rate of Climb: 12,800 ft./min - clean

Time to Climb to 16,400 ft. : 2.6 min. dry (6,833 ft./min.) - 2.1 min. (7,810 ft./min.) with afterburner

Time to Climb to 32,800 ft. : 6.2 min. dry (5,290 ft./min.) - 3.7 min. (8,865 ft./min.) with afterburner

Time to Climb to 45,920 ft. : 14 min. dry (3,280 ft./min.) - 6.3 min. (7,289 ft./min.) with afterburner

Service Ceiling: 49,528 ft. dry - 54,021 ft. with afterburner

Landing Speeds

Landing Speed: 92 to 103 kts.

Landing Roll: 2,690 to 2,790 ft.

Range (Book figures are overly optimistic)

Maximum Range Speed: 258 kts.

Maximum Range - Clean: 720 miles at 39,360 ft. using afterburner to reach 9,840 ft.

Maximum Range - Drops: 1,255 miles at 39,360 ft.

Maximum Range - Drops 584 miles at 39,360 ft. using afterburner to reach 9,840 ft.


Flight Endurance - Clean: 1 hr. 52 min. at 39,360 ft. - 1 hr. 40 min. using afterburner to reach 9,840 ft.

Flight Endurance - Drops: 3 hr.

Operational Speed Limitations

Maximum Speed - Clean: 594 kts. at Sea Level

Maximum Speed: 594 kts. clean at 9,840 ft. - 618 kts. at 9, 840 ft. with afterburner - 550 kts. with drops & rockets

Maximum Speed - Clean: 578 kts. indicated at 32,800 ft.

Maximum Speed - Drops: 486 kts. indicated

Operational Mach Limitations

Maximum Operational Mach: .97 in level flight at 32,800 ft.

Maximum Mach Number: 1.03 below 22,960, 1.15 above 22,960 ft.

ACM (Air Combat Maneuvers) Rates

Instantaneous Turn Rate: 19° to 21° /sec.

Sustained Turn Rate: 12° to 14° /sec.

Lim 6bis and Lim 6R Armament and Special Equipment

2 NR-23 Cannon: 23mm 80 rounds/cannon at 800 rounds/min.

1 N-37D Cannon: 37mm 40 rounds at 400 rounds/min.

2 UB-16-57(MARS 2) Pods: 57mm 16 S-5 unguided rockets per pod, selectable firing combinations

1 SH-19 Brake Parachute Lim 6bis and Lim 6R

1 AFA-39 Camera Lim 6R only