F-86 Sabre Vs MiG-15: Korea, 1950-53

F-86 Sabre Vs MiG-15: Korea, 1950-53

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By (author) Doug Dildy, By (author) Warren Thompson, Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Illustrated by Wiek Luijken

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 246mm x 10mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 178096319X
  • ISBN 13: 9781780963198
  • Illustrations note: 80 COLOUR
  • Sales rank: 166,684

Product description

As the routed North Korean People's Army (NKPA) withdrew into the mountainous reaches of their country and the People's Republic of China (PRC) funneled in its massive infantry formations in preparation for a momentous counter-offensive, both lacked adequate air power to challenge US and UN. Reluctantly, Josef Stalin agreed to provide the requisite air cover, introducing the superior swept-wing MiG-15 to counter the American's straight-wing F-80 jets. This in turn prompted the USAF to deploy its very best - the F-86A Sabre - to counter this threat. Thus began a two-and-a-half-year struggle in the skies known as MiG Alley. In this period, the unrelenting campaign for aerial superiority witnessed the introduction of successive models of these two revolutionary jets into combat. This meticulously researched study not only provides technical descriptions of the two types and their improved variants, complete with a fighter pilot's assessment of these aircraft, but also chronicles the entire scope of their aerial duel in MiG Alley by employing the recollections of the surviving combatants - including Russian, Chinese, and North Korean pilots - who participated.

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Author information

Doug Dildy is a retired US Air Force colonel who spent nine years of his 26-year career in Western Europe and retired with approximately 3,200 hours of fast jet time, almost half of that as an F-15 Eagle pilot. As commander of the 32nd Fighter Squadron, Soesterberg AB, NL, he enforced the No-Fly-Zone over Iraq acquiring over 100 hours of combat time in the F-15. Warren Thompson has been an avid military aviation historian and editor for over 40 years and his personal reference collection includes thousands of photos and detailed interviews with over 2,000 pilots and aircrew members. He has had more than 25 books published including several on the Korean War for Osprey. Warren Thompson has been an avid military aviation historian and editor for over 40 years and his personal reference collection includes thousands of photos and detailed interviews with over 2,000 pilots and aircrew members. He has had 25 books published including three books on the Korean War for Osprey. His book Korean War Aces in the Aircraft of the Aces series was a bestseller. WIEK LUIJKEN is an artist based in England but born and raised in the Netherlands. He has been a professional artist and director for more than 20 years. Aviation has been a big part of his life since childhood.

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"Finally, two respected American air historians have taken all of the available sources in hand to attempt to present an honest assessment of the air war and how it was actually fought. As a result, and as Doug Dildy is a retired fighter pilot who "grew up" during the Cold War and was trained based on results of Korea, they have presented a great description of what it was actually like to fly and fight in an F-86 Sabre or MiG-15 in Korea ... The book is clearly written in easy-to-understand terms and does a great job of using examples and facts to show how air combat was conducted ... Overall, if you have any interest in Korean War air combat this book is a great place to start or simply add to your knowledge."- Cookie Sewell, www.cybermodeler.com ..". a great read and is one of the better volumes in this series. One that I can quite easily recommend to you."- Scott Van aken, www.modelingmadness.com "Technical and tactical information about these two classic fighters combine with analysis of their performance in action." "--Military Heritage" magazine "Benefiting from newly acquired information from the Russian and Chinese camps, jet age experts Douglas Dildy and Warren Thompson provide an unprecedented comparison of the performance, strengths and weaknesses of the two fighters and the pilots who flew them ... Students of the early jet age should find "F-86 Sabre vs MiG-15" an essential addition to Osprey's "Duel" series."- "Aviation Hitsory "(March 2014)

Table of contents

Introduction /Chronology /Design and Development /Technical Specifications /The Strategic Situation /The Combatants /Combat /Statistics and Analysis /Aftermath /Bibliography /Index