Korean War Fighter Aircraft 1950 -
The Korean War between North Korea and
South Korea began on the 25th June 1950,
and lasted until an armistice was signed
on the 27th July 1953.
As WW II came to a close, in September
1945, the Soviets liberated the northern
part of Korea above the 38th parallel
from the Japanese occupiers, and the USA
liberated the southern part from the
Japanese occupiers. This led to the
splitting of Korea with a northern
government adopting communism, and a
southern government capitalism.
In an attempt to unify north &
south Korea, backed by Stalin and using
Soviet weapons, the communist north led
by Kim Il-sung, invaded the south on
Sunday 25th June 1950.
The first large scale foreign military
intervention by US & United Nations
forces began on the 5th July 1950. The
war escalated again after China joined
forces with North Korea later that year,
with Chinese troops fighting US troops
for the first time on the 1st November
An armistice was signed on the 27th
July 1953, after the death of about
400,000 South Koreans and 500,000 North
Koreans. Foreign servicemen to killed
were about 33,000 US, 2,100 UN, and
Star 1945, U.S., 600 mph
The Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star was
the first operational jet fighter of the
United States, being used extensively in
the Korean war. The first jet to jet
aircraft battle took place on the 8th
November 1950. That encounter led to
Lieutenant Russell J. Brown, flying an
F-80, claiming he shot down a MiG-15.
Later encounters soon proved the
straight-wing F-80s lacked the
performance of the MiGs.
The arrival of the US designed
F-86 Sabers at the end of 1950
early 1951, led to the Shooting
Star being used more for ground
attack and flight training. Armed
with 6 x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine
MiG-15 1949, Russian, 668 mph
The MiG-15 was one of the first swept
wing jet fighters that became famous
during the Korea war, where early in the
war, it was superior to all western
fighters. The MiG 15 was first seen in
the Korean War in November 1950. The
success of the MiG against the U.S. F-80s
and British WWII designed Gloster
Meteors, led to the U.S. rushing their
F-86 Sabres to Korea with the first
entering the war in December 1950.
The arrival of the F-86 Sabres
led to one of the closest matched
battles between any two fighter
aircraft, as there was little
difference in performance.
The MiG-15 was Armed with 20,
25, 30 or 40 mm cannon.
1949, U.S., 690 mph
The F-86 entered service with the
United States Air Force in 1949, becoming
their top air-to-air jet fighter used in
the Korean War. The F-86 was claimed to
be able to out-turn and out-dive a
MiG-15, but the MiG-15 could fly higher,
accelerate faster, and climb faster.
By the end of the war, the US claimed
F-86s shot down 792 MiGs, with a loss of
76 F-86, a victory ratio of about 10 - 1.
This was said to be for MiGs flown by
poorly trained Chinese or North Korean
Russian pilots flying MiGs in
Korea, claimed a 2 - 1 kill ratio
in favour of the MiG-15.
The F-86 Sabre was armed with 6
x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine
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One of the most disastrous mistakes of
WWII turned out to be Great Britain
sending six Rolls-Royce 'Nenes' jet
engines to Russia soon after the end of
the war. Copies of that engine powered
the MiG-15 in Korea.