Starting in the mid-1950s, and for nearly two decades thereafter, the MiG-17P, MiG-17PF and MiG-17PFU (the latter version was armed with air-to-air missiles) were the most widespread interceptors in the Soviet Air Defence Force. The MiG-17F day fighter was widely exported and saw a good deal of fighting, receiving its baptism of fire in the Middle East where Egyptian Frescos were pitted against Israeli Dassault MystÃ¨re IVs. However, the type became really famous after the Vietnam War where it successfully opposed the supersonic McDonnell F-4 Phantom II and other US aircraft. Besides a full description of MiG-17’s development history the book also charts the MG17’s combat operations in major wars and local conflicts. A separate chapter compares the MiG-17 and its foreign counterparts and the book concludes with details of MiG-17 fleets and operators worldwide. Illustrated with many unique photos, colour side views, line and cutaway drawings this latest addition to the Famous Russian Aircraft series forms a detailed record of the type and will appeal to modelers and historians alike.