Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-17 Fresco

in North Korean Air Force service

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 45
Total Still Active: 45
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: 1968
Retirement: 1990
Main Role: Fighter
Origin: USSR


The first MiG-17s reached North Korea in 1956. Initially, MiG-17F Fresco-C entered service, with MiG-17PF Fresco-D arriving in 1958. In all, about 150 MiG-17s – including Chinese-built Shenyang F-5s – were delivered. It may be presumed that the Shenyang F-5s at first supplemented and later replaced the Russian-built MiG-17s. It is unclear if any MiG-17s remain in service. Also see Shenyang F-5.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
409 red …415309?     MiG-17F
919 white 58210919?     MiG-17PF


None available at present.

More Information


  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17: The Soviet Union’s Jet Fighter of the Fifties (Yefim Gordon)

Other Sources

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