A MIG-17 to be precise. It’s owned by one of the CAF SoCal staff members (@highalphaairshows) and is having a little maintenance done.
Who knew that they came apart like that? Not me!
The tail end is largely just a shell to keep it aerodynamic and provide structure for the tail and the horizontal stabilizer.
By the way, these no doubt would have been classified, top-secret photos, costing the lives of dozens of CIA agents and operatives about the time I was born.
Here’s the business end which that tail encloses and covers. That’s a LOT of jet engine!
As sleek, powerful, and FAST as the MIG-17 looks when ready to fly, like this it’s just odd. Sort of like seeing your grandmother naked odd.
It’s a wicked machine for turning gallon after gallon of Jet-A into noise, with a top speed of just under Mach 1 as a side effect.
Not something you see every day!