Our Aircraft’s History
PZL-Mielec Lim-6bis “Fresco” (C/N 1J-04-19; S/N 419) ~ Our Fresco was originally built as a Lim-6 at the PZL (Panstwowe Zaklady Lotnicze)-Zakland nr 1 (State Aviation Works, No. 1 plant), Mielic, Poland in March, 1961. The Lim-6 was a Polish built aircraft based on the MiG-17 design.
Note: WSK was used in Poland as their aerospace manufacturing and the branding of their aircraft from post-WWII to the late 1950’s when they started using the PZL name again.
Due to engine issues, delivery to the military was delayed, as it was upgraded to a Lim-6bis. Eventually, she was delivered to the Polish Air Force on April 8, 1963.
Here are some of our Fresco’s history:
- April 1963 – assigned to 51 PLM-SZ (51st Fighter/Ground Attack Aviation Regiment) in Pila Air Base, Poland
- June 22, 1988 – withdrawn from service and placed in storage at the Bydgoszcz Airfielf, Bydgoszcz, Poland
- August 1991 – salvaged from Modlin Air Base in Warsaw, Poland and then purchased by a private collector and imported to the United States
- February 1992 – sold to Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC), Chino, California
- May 22, 1992 – placed on loan to MAPS Air Museum from MARC for restoration
- July 1994 – donated to MAPS by MARC (This is the first aircraft to become the sole property of MAPS)
The Fresco has been with MAPS Air Museum for over 2 decades and is currently maintained by Crew Chief Tony Bistransky.
Museum display note: the “Fresco” is marked/painted with the Polish Air Force checkerboard insignia used on their aircraft from 1921-1993 with fall camouflage markings.
- Role: Fighter/ground attack
- National Origin: Poland (via manufacturing contract from Soviet Union)
- Manufacturer: PZL-Mielec (via manufacturing contract from Mikoyan-Gurevich)
- Introduction: 1956
- Status: Retired (1992)
- Built: 1,569
- Produced: 1965-1984
- Crew: 1
- Length: 37 ft 3 in
- Wingspan: 31 ft 7 in
- Height: 12 ft 6 in
- Empty Weight: 9,416 lb
- Max takeoff weight: 14,665 lb
- Engine: 1 x Lis-5 centrifugal-flow turbojet, 7,400 lbf
- Max speed: 710 mph
- Range: 580 mi
- Service ceiling: 54,010 ft
- 1 x 37 mm N-37D cannon (40 rounds)
- 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon (80 rounds each)
- 1,719.61 lbs of bombs, rocket launchers or napalm tanks
Replaced: PZL-Mielec SD LIM-2 Midget (MiG-15 design)
Developed from: Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 “Fresco”
Intended replacement: Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 “Fishbed” variants