Tillamook Air Museum

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Over 25 aircraft, gift shop and outstanding exhibits- all housed in a 70 year old hangar. Welcome to history housing history.

Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-17/Lim 6

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The MiG-17F on display is owned by Richard and Linda Melhoff of Newberg, Oregon. The Melhoffs restored the aircraft from November 1999 to November 2002 and report that “...the airframes are anodized inside and out. No corrosion!” The plane was originally built in Poland in 1961 and has some combat history. The Polish authorities would not say where it was deployed, but three years of log book entries (1965-1968) were removed.

The design of the MiG-17 was undertaken to correct the deficiencies that the earlier MiG-15 had at higher speeds. It was the first Soviet fighter to have an afterburning engine, the Klimov VK-1.

Although similar in appearance to the MiG-15, the MiG-17 had more sharply swept wings, an afterburner, better speed and handling characteristics and was about three feet longer.