Hawker Hunter F.6 vs MiG-17F “Fresco”

Posted: September 16, 2014 in Aerial, Cold War

Defence of the Realm

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The Hawker Hunter was the RAF’s answer to the swept wing Soviet fighters that emerged in the early 1950s namely the MiG-15 and MiG-17. Both Soviet aircraft were prolific in Eastern Europe and had the Cold War turned ‘hot’ in the second half of the 1950s there is no doubt that RAF pilots would have faced these aircraft in air-to-air combat. So how well would the Hunter have faired against the MiG-17F? For this comparison I am looking only at the Hunter F.6 and MiG-17F variants as these were the most common fighter variants of their respective types.

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Both aircraft were day fighters in the traditional sense of the role. In the 1950s the main threat from both sides came from armadas of bombers armed with nuclear weapons. The Hunter and the MiG-17F required radar stations on the ground to direct them to within visual range of the enemy…

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